The personal health inventory of the student indicated that the subject is involved in various activities and behaviors which are positive in nature. However the personal health inventory revealed that the student should opt to strengthen some of the weak areas in his behavioral activities which contribute a net negative effect on the student’s health. The student has various health behaviors that are very essential in achieving a well and healthy body.
One of the activities that he is engaged with is exercise. This is very vital for the proper functioning of the body, regular exercise with strenuous activities as indicated in the student’s personal health inventory, increases the total oxygen content of the blood in the body plus the promotion of a sound sleep thus making it a positive activity that contributes to the wellness of the subject. The absence of heart pains, joint problems and dizziness indicate that the subject have a sound physical body.
It is notable that the stress level of the student is 7-8 but he never eats in response to stress which is relatively good to contemporaries who eat when in stress due to the fact that stress eaters tend to lead to obesity. The response of irritability upon exposure to long time interval without food is positive because the body responses the correctly by excreting hormones that causes irritability so that the body will look for energy supply. All the factors discussed above contribute to the totality of the physical strengths of the subject.
The strongest point of the subject is that, the student does not smoke. The probability of having lung cancer, and other life threatening respiratory disorder is low, making it one of the best defining factor of the fitness and well being of the subject However there are still weak points on the subject’s lifestyle as indicated by the personal health inventory. Although the subject is not a stress eater, the daily exposure to high levels of stress may promote negative effects such as diseases. Certain diseases such as cancers were related to exposure in high levels of stress over long period of time.
The exposure to stress is really high having 7-8 which is relatively not good for the student. The underweight status of the student may be one of the results of being over stressed or the eating habits of the student. Underweight status may also promote diseases or weak resistances against infections. The feeling of incompleteness is always a consequence of being underweight. Additional to these weak points are the regular occurrence of headaches and constipation. Headaches when regularly experienced may indicate an unrecognized disease or an aftermath of stress. It will also initiate negative onset of moods.
The regular occurrence of constipation may insufficient water intake. If water intake is insufficient, there will be the hazard of dehydration and other risk of hazardous complications. There are also some weak points in the eating habit of the subjects. First, in food buying, the student does not look at the food labels which indicate that the subject is not conscious on her food intakes. The necessity of being aware of the food choices of the subject is great due to the fact that the proper functioning of the body will depend on the nutrients that were supplied by the food from her diet.
It is also notable in the diet that the intake for regular carbonated beverages is 3 times a day. This is relatively not good to the body for the reason that regular carbonated beverages are calorie dense but are considered to be nutrient empty. The values of essential nutrients that can be retrieved from this kind of beverage are low and almost cannot compensate for the needs of the body to achieve its proper functioning. The food consumption for protein rich foods such as red meat poultry and fish is relatively small in quantity. In the subject’s personal health inventory, the quantity is 2, 1, 1 respectively.
These values were consumed weekly and are relatively low for the reason that it is required by the nutritionist to have at least one exchange of protein rich food daily. The subject stated that she doesn’t have any major carbohydrate source based on the checklist of foods. It is blatant that she has zero consumption for the massive carbohydrate rich foods like grains. This is not a good practice because this will contribute in continuing the student’s underweight status. Moreover fatty foods are not one of the subject’s choices for daily consumption.
Oil is embedded on fried foods therefore it is a good source of energy which will help the subject in attaining proper energy requirement to prevent the continuum of his underweight status. The nutrient need of the subject’s body may not be reached because of the low consumption of vegetables. According to the data, the subject takes in vegetables once a week. This fact is relatively low based on the regular requirement of 1-2 vegetable exchanges per day. The weak points of the subject discussed above should be given extra attention to help in the total achievement of the subject’s fitness.
The cultural heritage and other social factors can generally be considered as part of the strength of the subject. The subject’s regular contact to her family is a positive attribute because the emotional attachments to loved ones were proven to strengthen the personality and emotional stability of the subject. The student may become confident to endeavors directed to her because the subject has a positive outlook that she is not alone and there are persons whom she can rely to when difficulty comes. The closeness of the subject to her brother, makes the subject feel more secured whenever she goes to the grocery.
This logic is also applicable to all other activities that the subject engages in, the subject always consults her husband and other family members who had gone the same problems before. This indicates that she is well comforted by the persons around her and it contributes to the totality of her personal and emotional stability. The factor that was considered here is the cultural aspect of strong family ties that gives the subject the strength to move forward in case of predicament. The subject’s similarity in terms of cultural ethnic and racial background to her husband creates a realm of understanding and moral support for each other.
The regional attachments of both the subject and her husband played a major role in the emotional stability of the subject. The subject values religious activities such as praying, reading the Holy Quran, and celebrating religious holidays. The cultural responsibilities of the husband and the wife were established which is good in proper functioning of each roles. The cultural aspect of the subject is rich in deep attachment which is one of her foundations, this seemingly give her a positive character.
Some deep attachments that were stated by the subject were the essentiality of the children as the future of the modern world and meditation and prayers affect the people’s health thru the healing of mind and souls. The student’s belief to God is extremely helpful in having a well balanced spiritual life. The cultural heritage and other social factors contribute to the sound body and healthy personality. The strong parts aspects of the subject’s behavior and lifestyle should be carry on while the weaknesses on certain aspects and lifestyle should be changed to support the totality of the proper functioning of the body.
Some area in the subject’s family history for health and illness needs some attention for the student has a high risk of having these diseases; in line with this it is necessary to have some modifications in the lifestyle to prevent the chance of having these diseases. One of the most prevalent diseases in the family is hypertension, the subject’s grandmother, grandfather, and aunts in the father’s side have hypertension while only the grandmother in the mother’s side has it.
There is no direct relation between the subject’s cultural heritage and behavior in the development of hypertension. The risk of development of hypertension to the subject is high due to genetic considerations. It is therefore necessary to lessen the food intakes that are high in fat and salt for the reason that fat and salt contributes to the risk of developing hypertension. There is also a need to increase in dietary fiber since the fiber intake of the student is less than the normal. Fiber intake will help prevent high blood pressure.
It is also necessary to eat various vegetables to gain the nutrients such as potassium magnesium and calcium which helps in the prevention of the said disease. The Diabetes Mellitus history of the family may be traced to the eating patterns of the individual this is usually inherited however. As of the data in the personal health inventory, the subject consumes 5 exchanges of fruit drinks daily this is high in sugar. The lifestyle should adapt to a better one. There should be lesser sugar exchanges in the subject’s diet. And exercise should be increased to decrease the probability of having diabetes mellitus.
The cultural the social aspects of the student greatly contribute to the total well-being of the subject. Although some practices and patterns in eating should be change, the emotional, spiritual and physical aspects are generally considered positive. The student generally has positive out look in life and this contribute to the fitness of the subject as a whole individual. References Dwight Makoff, MD. (2005). The DASH Diet. Retrived September 16, 2007 from Medicine Net Web Site: http://www. medicinenet. com/script/main/art. asp? articlekey=23715