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Chapter 10Health and WellBeing INTRODUCTIONGary Stocklaufer o Adopted cousins baby o Went to file legal adoptive paperwork judge refused due to his weight saying he would most likely develop a serious disease and die o Advance Fat Acceptance established a legal defense fund for Stocklaufer o Fatpoor parenting CAN PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS AFFECT HEALTHHealth psychology is an area of study that integrates research on health and on psychology o apply knowledge of psychological principles to promote health and wellbeing instead of thinking about health merely as the absence of diseaseWellbeing is a positive state in which we feel our bestTo achieve optimal health we need to actively participate in maintaining wellness through healthenhancing behaviours THE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL MODEL OF HEALTH INCORPORATES MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES FOR IMPROVING HEALTHBiopsychosicial model a model of health that integrates the effects of biological behavioural and social factors on health and illness figure 102 on page 441 BEHAVIOUR CONTRIBUTES TO THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATHPeople are most likely to die from causes that stem from their own behaviours smoking obesity PLACEBOS CAN BE POWERFUL MEDICINEBelieving the pills will work because the doctor said they would quickly feel better o Placebo effect a drug or treatment unrelated to the particular problem of the person who receives it may make the recipient feel better because the person believes the drug or treatment is effective HOW DO PEOPLE COPE WITH STRESSStress is a basic component of our daily lives o Stressis a pattern of behavioural and physiological responses to events that match or exceed an organisms ability to respond in a healthy way o A stressor is an environmental event or stimulus that threatens an organism by seeming overwhelming it elicits a coping response which is any response an organism makes to avoid escape from or minimize an aversive stimulus
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