Sunday, January 27, 2013

20% Project

For my 20% project I am testing memory on different levels.The physiology of a human brain is fascinating so I decided to pinpoint on a certain aspect of it; memory. I wanted to explore the capacity of human memory. I also wanted to see if there was any particular differences between male memory and female memory. I also wanted to see the differences between long term and short term memory.Usha, Vaishnavi, and myself will conduct several catagory of tests from visual to sight. Using books and website I anticipate on finding out the specifics of memory. My mom works in a Physiatrics  Hospital so I'll ask her to get more information for me. I think some of the problems that will occur is that our calculation may come in a range of answers and it may be hard to draw a conclusion. I won't know until I try so Im crossing my fingers for the best!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Teen Ink

My article on Teenink.com

http://teenink.com/opinion/social_issues_civics/article/519160/The-Great-Fat-Debate/

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Great Fat Debate




In America many women crave for the Barbie perfect figure. The weight loss industry consists of 10 billion dollars. Yes, you read that right. 10 billion dollars invested in diets, programs, exercise machinery, etc. The fat debate has one main question. Can be overweight be healthy? I asked my class this and 50 percent said being overweight is not healthy. 70 percent of that was girls.  The National Institutes of Health found that adults categorized as overweight and most of those categorized as obese have a lower mortality risk than so-called normal-weight adults. So what’s the answer? After reading an article from New York Time’s being overweight does have its benefits as putting some flesh on these statistical bones, a study found a 6 percent decrease in mortality risk among people classified as overweight and a 5 percent decrease in people classified as Grade 1 obesity. So can people move on and accept that being overweight can be okay and considered beautiful? Its not that easy.

Now that we got the medical reasoning cleared up, what about the social aspect on it? Well this is a major issue all over the world! There is major pressure on girls to look slim and slender. And the reality is that not all of us have the control over our body to make look the way we want. To let girls accept other body figures starts from media. Magazine covers and television is full of beautiful stick thin girls with flat stomachs and a slim figure. The message that conveys to all us girls, is that thin = beautiful. We don’t have enough models and actresses out there that are overweight. The models and actresses that are overweight are immediately criticized on all magazines. Why do these magazines look down on the slightest bit of weight? I may never know. But I do know that as soon as the media considers all body types beautiful many more girls will too.

Many girls have goals. To either lose 10 pounds or get a flatter stomach. Maybe we should consider a new goal and only that goal. The goal is to be healthy. Not to run the treadmill for 3 hours and stare at our body in the mirror expecting a change but being fit and expecting to feel healthier. Too many of us want to be fit for the benefit us being skinny. We should not do things to make our body look good but do things for ourselves to be healthy and be fit.

We’re obsessed with thinness. Over time being thin has been considered high class and reflections of beauty ideals. We have an absurd fear of fat. And we seem to address the problems of obesity as a medical condition but anorexia as a social issue. We consider 130 million Americans in need of treatment or help but really many industries are making money off this mind set. Many overweight individuals do not need any medical attention. Instead of focusing on fat being the problem we should look at the true medical reasoning like heart disease, which is not always caused from being overweight.

            “If we’re open-minded when we look at the data, we often find confounding factors that can explain the disease associations we blame on weight,” said Linda Bacon.  She’s right. We can’t blame all the health problems in America on obesity. There many factors in why we get diseases. If we can all realize this than we can find a real solution to health issues. Because who knows, even if the obesity percentage lowers we may still have all the diseases and illnesses we blame on weight.
This issue hasn’t been addressed enough. I hope over time there is more publicity on this topic so we can all make a change. So as a conclusion be overweight can be healthy, thinness is not always beautiful, and our goals should be to be healthy not skinny.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Years Revoloution

New Years Resolution? I dont really believe in them. I feel that dates, years, months are all just numbers and names. Sure seasons change and the months guide us. Dates are just a way to keep track of life and mankind. I think that is there's a resolution  you want to make you shouldn't wait until the New Year to work on it. If you need change yourself you do it when you are ready.

Anyways, perhaps a resolution does take place. This is what I would want it to be. But first lets talk about what happend in 2012. Some may say it was a great year, or a terriable year but I think it was dissapointing year on mankind. We experienced many things that has disappointed the world. From the overexposed presidential election to the Connecticut shooting to the Delhi rape case, one things clear. We need a change. I feel our society is a bit stubborn now. We want everything to be a specific way, from clothes to laws. I say in 2013 we change that. As a world lets think outside the box. Lets consider more varieties and listin to more ideas. If I want anything this year this is may be it. Let 2013 start a brand new perspective on society.Only us the people can change this!

As for life, gosh I dont know where to start. In previous years Iv never been exposed to whats going on in the world as I am now. As a 13 year old I wonder how much can one achieve in a life time. In the media all we hear about are heroes who got the best out of their lives or people who got the worst. Never do we here about the ordinary people living way too ordinary lives. In 2013 I want to change that. I want people to not take the quote "live to the fullest" so lightly. Sure gadgets and new technology are fun and make daily activities more entertaining and easy. But.in 2012 we let these thing occupy our time rather then simply enhance them. We need to get off that Facebook and really experience life.  This is what I would also love to see in the new year.