Physical health

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Physical health is defined as the condition of your body, taking into consideration everything from the absence of disease to fitness level.

Physical health is critical for overall well-being, and can be affected by:

  • Lifestyle: diet, level of physical activity, and behaviour (for instance, smoking);
  • Human biology: a person’s genetics and physiology may make it easier or harder to achieve good physical health;
  • Environment: our surroundings and exposure to factors such as sunlight or toxic substances;
  • Healthcare service: good healthcare can help prevent illness, as well as detect and treat illness.
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