Biomedical Model Of Health

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According to the world health organisation, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not just being free of disease or disability. The biomedical model is the traditional medical view. They believe that there is such a thing as a normal functioning body and a person is healthy when they are free from disease, with ill health resulting from identifiable biological or physical causes. Their aim is to diagnose and treat the physical symptoms. They believe good health depends on things such as trained medical staff, medical technology and drugs. On the other side is the sociological model. They believe that social factors are involved in the causes of ill health and that there are important social influences which…show more content…
They take into account social and environmental factors that make some people more vulnerable to disease than others, for example people living in poverty which leads to poor nutrition and poor housing conditions can then lead to health problems such as asthma. The biomedical model would use medical intervention such as inhalers to try and solve the problem whereas the sociological approach would look at the environment the person is living in to see if it has an effect on their health such as damp, mould and dust mites. Although Medical intervention has seen the reduction or elimination of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), cholera and diphtheria. The social model argues that it was social changes such as a better diet, clean water supplies, improved housing and overall better knowledge of health and hygiene that improved health rather than medical improvements such as antibiotics and…show more content…
Dopamine is a chemical involved weigh, eating behaviours and reward. They have reported that people who have recovered from eating disorders also show abnormal levels of serotonin. Both chemicals are linked with appetite, mood and impulse control. They found that these are all altered in people who have eating disorders. According to, psychiatric disorders like depression, bipolar, anxiety, substance misuse, obsessive compulsive disorder and ADHD are extremely common in people with anorexia so the patient could be given drugs to treat these conditions such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers. Medications for eating disorders may also be used to treat the physical damage done by eating

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