My definition of health is the physical state that the body or mind is in. If the body is suffering from a disease or ailment that prohibits it from functioning properly, that is considered to be an illness. The deciding factors on whether or not the examples given were illnesses to me was first if I knew exactly what the example was and how it affected the body and second if the illness in question was something that could be physically pinpointed or seen within the body.
A lot of our ideas concerning health and illness I believe come from the media. The media is a very powerful thing and once ideas get put into people’s mind they run with them. Personally a lot of my ideas about health and illness come from my family and their experiences as well as my personal experiences. I have also been educated on specific types of illnesses and diseases and that’s why I define them as things that negatively affect a person’s body. When I say the term illness I believe it is something very severe.
The first condition from the list I had to question was infertility. At first I did not believe this to be an illness because I didn’t think that a lack of producing eggs or sperm should be considered in the same category as cancer or HIV which are things that I immediately considered illnesses. I still personally would not consider this to be an illness because it is due to the person’s body not having all the criteria to procreate not due to a disease being introduced into the body. The second condition I question is erectile dysfunction. ED is an effect of something else going on in the body. It should not be considered an illness because I believe it strongly correlates to psychological issues of the mind and maybe even physical health issues, and in my opinion isn’t severe enough to categorize as an illness.