Navigation Links
Health: From national duty to private matter
Date:2/5/2013

Today health is a matter of living a risk-conscious lifestyle and being in control of one's body and life. Yet 100 years ago, health was not a private matter but rather a national duty. This is found in a new doctoral thesis in religious studies from the University of Gothenburg.

By analysing health publications from 2009 and the years 1910-13, Wilhelm Kardemark was able to shed light on how popular views of health have changed over time.

'The changes in the views of health seem to be closely linked to changes in the views of human beings. Some changes are a result of changes in medical perspectives. And some are of a more general nature and have to do with perceptions of what people should strive for and what should be important in life,' says Kardemark.

The changes in the way people are looked upon and in the understanding of health can be viewed in light of the relations that make health important. A hundred years ago, the health of the individual was portrayed as a national resource. Today health has become a private matter and something that is related to the closest family and friends, but most of all to the individual's goals and hopes. With the older perspective, a sense of belongingness motivates people to stay healthy.

'The nationalistic perspective of health issues from the early 1900s is nothing new. What's new, though, is the clear impact that Lutheran perspectives had on the view of health. As I show in my thesis, many of the assumptions about health we see in the health publications of the time should be approached in relation to a Lutheran view of man. This view implies an emphasis on work as a way to serve others, where masculinity and health are interlinked.'

The view of the human body also points to fundamental changes with respect to view of man and the understanding of health. Today, health and the body are often portrayed as something controllable and as matters of active choices that the individual is responsible for. Processes at the cellular level can be supported with a 'correct' lifestyle and eating habits.

'The ambitions are often set high when it comes to "maximising" and "optimising". You're supposed to always get the most out of food, exercise and life in general. The key word is control, and this is alternated with views that emphasise the importance of experiencing one's body or of feeling how great for example exercise can feel.'

Being aware of common views of health and critically relating to them is important in the sectors of healthcare and education.

'But I also want to point to the importance of findings like mine in the growing health and wellness industry. It is important that for example personal trainers are familiar with common perceptions of health and exercise since their clients may very well have them,' says Kardemark.


'/>"/>

Contact: Wilhelm Kardemark
wilhelm.kardemark@lir.gu.se
46-073-037-8178
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Climate Change Could Be Tough on Seniors Health: Study
2. Education Is Key to Health: Report
3. Business Travel Harmful to Health: Medical & Personal Fitness Experts Announce "Exercise is Solution to Many Travel Ailments"
4. Spanking Batters Kids Mental Health: Study
5. Physical Ailments Take Toll on Mental Health: Study
6. Regulatory science for public health: From functional food to modified-risk tobacco products
7. Spirituality May Boost Mental Health: Study
8. Too Much Salt Might Harm Kids Health: Study
9. Right Amount of Exercise Can Boost Mental Health: Study
10. Potty-Training Method Wont Affect Tots Health: Study
11. Microbial Threats to Health: IOM Symposium Explores 2 Decades of Progress
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... to announce the integration of Microsoft(R) Word(TM) Online(TM), which enables sleep physicians to ... since it streamlines the reporting process and provides a familiar interface that does ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 ... ... Medical Laboratory to expanded distribution of the GlycoMark test throughout the Northeast U.S. ... recent hyperglycemia in patients with diabetes. The GlycoMark test provides a clinically proven ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Datta Endoscopic Back Surgery and ... revolutionary endoscopic practice under Dr. Datta. Patel is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, with ... revolutionary eDiscSculpt Technique created and used by Datta Endoscopic is unlike traditional back ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Early detection ... improve drug safety and minimize the cost of development. In this webinar, sponsored ... using cell lines and for cardiac toxicity using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... pilot study of ActiGraph’s CentrePoint Data Hub in a sample of ... of clinical-grade wearable activity and sleep monitoring solutions for the global scientific community. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/18/2017)... , April 18, 2017 Cogentix Medical, Inc. ... providing the Urology, Uro/Gyn and Gynecology markets with innovative ... first quarter ended March 31, 2017 after the market ... The Company will host a conference call and webcast ... Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... 18, 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... report to their offering. ... global arthroscopy devices market to grow at a CAGR of 6.35% ... Devices Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market ... landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... SAN DIEGO and BLOOMINGTON, ... Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMMY ) ("Imprimis"), ... d/b/a Precision Lens ("Precision Lens"), today announced the ... Under the agreement, Precision Lens will deploy a ... into select geographies in the U.S., primarily focused ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: