Blog 3 Group C: April 2012 Archives

Bad weight loss plans

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In the US we have thousands of American struggling with there weight. America is overweight and people get upset with there body especially around summer time. So people try every trick in the book just to lose some weight for summer, spring breaks and a bunch of other reasons. This can actually cause problem for certain people because Believe it or not, there are bad ways to lose weight. The two terms that come to my mind when thinking about bad weight loss plans are bulimia and anorexia. The book defines bulimia as a eating disorder associated with a pattern of bingering and purging in an effort to lose or maintain weight, and anorexia as a eating disorder associated with excessive weight loss and the irrational perception that one is overweight. Bulimia (most common eating disorder) becomes very dangerous because after eating a big size meal the person will then force them self to vomit and when that happens they are making it so they do not get right nutrition. The people that have balimia are usually young women who are perfectionists with low self-esteem. Anorexia isn't as common as bulimia however it is just as dangerous. Anorexia is a mental issue when people who aren't overweight have the feeling or think that they are overweight so they try not to eat, or eat very little. Anorexia patients are very skinny and suffer from not getting the right nutrition. There are good ways and bad ways to lose weight. and unfortunately the easiest ways to lose weight (bulimia and anorexia) are extremely bad for you. So if you are looking to lose weight make sure you pick a healthy weight lose program. anorexia-2.jpg

Personality and Looks

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Think about the last time you were out, and saw someone you thought was absolutely stunning, handsome, gorgeous..whatever you like to call it. A "ten". In my case, lets say it's a guy. I finally get the courage to talk to him, and he seems first. Then I realize something, he's dull. He's narcissistic. He's egocentric. He keeps going on and on and on about how amazing he is. His looks just dropped 3 points.

We learned in class that people generally get together with people who are relatively on the same scale looks wise as themselves, but what about those people whose personalities ruin their looks? Or those people who have such great personalities you don't care about their looks at all? It seems that more often than not, personality trumps looks to me. Funny, kind hearted, easy going guys beat out "hot" any day.

An example of a bad "date" here.

Anyone else met someone they thought was great until they opened their mouths? I'm sure you all have!

In our book we read about the Flynn effect. The Flynn effect is over time, the average IQ of the population will rise at a rate of about three points per decade. This suggests that, on average, our generations IQs will be a full ten to fifteen points higher than those of our grandparent's generation.
When researching the Flynn effect, I found that these results may be a result of environmental influences. When looking on the University of Indiana's website they talked about four of these environmental influences. The first one is better schooling and kids spending longer times being examined in formal educational settings. They are becoming better test takers and learning how to solve problems. The next influence is the societal changes occurring. We constantly have to process information quickly and learn how to use new technology. The third influence is better nutrition worldwide. When people are better fed, the cases of severe malnutrition declines, and kids are better able to focus on learning. The final environmental influence is home life. Parents are spending more time with their kids and helping them to become better problem solvers and provide their kids with resources to help them learn better.

I thought it was really interesting learning about the Flynn effect. It makes a lot of sense to me that all of those environment influences increase our IQ from generation to generation. The video I talks a little more about the Flynn effect and I was really surprised by their fact that someone that took an IQ test a hundred years ago and was in the top ten percent would be in the bottom five percent today.

Cookie Diet

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Just look at the people you see every day in life. You can easily see fat people. According to, 65% of American adults are overweight and 35.7% of adults have obesity. So probably more than half of people you see every day are fat. Because there are so many people who suffer with obesity and overweight, there are many diet programs and diet products out in the market. There are good diet plans and products but some are ridiculous and not helping at all. One of diets that I got to know because of my friend was cookie diet. Yes, it sounds like a lie. When I first heard about it, I thought that was the stupidest way of losing weight. However, it was actually developed by a doctor, Sanford Siegel. It isn't the healthiest weight-loss plan but according to the doctor, you can lose weight with the cookie diet. Siegel's homemade cookies contain natural hunger-suppressing proteins such as oats, rice, whole wheat flour, and bran, but they lack the optimal amount of daily nutrients. Which is unfortunate because while Cookie Dieters can eat as many specially crafted cookies as they like during the day, they're allowed only one meal: dinner, which consists of six ounces of chicken, turkey, or seafood with one cup of veggies. I think it's a bad diet plan. What do you guys think? Would you try it if you are fat?

Millions of people across the world try new ways to lose weight every year. Some of these methods prove to be very effective, while others can end up being disastrous and even harmful to your health. But which diet plan is truly the worst weight loss plan ever? According to most of the research that I have found, one of the worst diet plans that has ever been introduced to the public is the Dukan diet. This was a celebrity diet that was said to be followed by the Duchess of Cambridge's mother, Carole Middleton, Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen, and multiple other well-known people.

The Dukan diet is said to be very complicated and ineffective, which is never good for a diet plan. Among other aspects, the diet includes a phase of only eating protein, and eating a low calorie diet during the day or week in order to allow for the majority of the calories to come into the body later through practices such as binge drinking. These phases of the diet sound extremely dangerous and can't be good for the human body in any way. This is probably why this diet topped the BDA's annual list of the five worst celebrity diets. If that doesn't convince you that this diet is the worst weight loss plan ever, consider that the even the creator of the diet, Dr Dukan, warns of the associated problems with the diet such as lack of energy, constipation and bad breath. All of this together shows why the Dukan diet is easily the worst diet ever.

The Atkins Diet Failure

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DrRobertAtkins.jpgFounded in 1972 by Robert Atkins and becoming really popular in the early 2000s with the update of his book. Focusing on limiting the body's intake of carbohydrates, the Atkins Diet makes the body enter the ketosis cycle, where the body converts from metabolizing glucose to fats. You are encouraged in the Atkins diet to eat a lot of red meat, other protein, and vegetables, and discouraged from eating carbohydrates such as sugars, bread and potatoes. The way Robert Atkins chose to market his diet, as well as the diet itself is very flawed. First, the diet commercials feature a couple of people making extraordinary claims of extreme weight loss. This kind of anecdotal evidence is without any kind of clinical or scientific research, and they do not mention any kind of adverse effects the diet may cause. There is also no mention of other factors that could contribute to weight loss. In addition, the diet itself is very illogical. Maybe the people exercised in addition to being on the diet. Taking yourself off carbohydrates can cause ketosis and eventual weight loss, however, the lasting effects may be very detrimental. If you were to ease yourself back on to carbohydrates, the ketosis cycle would end and you would possibly gain all of the weight back. Overall, the Atkins Diet is a very good example why you should always check into the validity of a diet before you devote your life to it. You never know what you are getting yourself into and what kind of irreversible effects you may be making on your body.

According to this article...

"Beauty: Culture-Specific or Universally Defined?"

in some aspects, NO, but in some aspects, YES.

For example, most Americans would not find large lip plates very attractive, but in Ethiopia, this is a very beautiful look for the Surma and Mursi women. 1944941_f260.jpg

Another example of atypical beauty the article mentions is neck elongation that the Kareni and Padaung women of Myanmar value. 1954896_f520.jpg

So across different cultures, some different things are considered beautiful. However, even though some cultures value skinny women and others value larger women, there is still a universal preference toward the 0.7 waist-to-hip ratio. Also, squared jaws for men and high-chek bones for women are universally preferred. Even more examples are provided in the article if you'd like to read for more detail.

So can beauty be universally defined? In all aspects, of course not. But there are some general, natural features that most people could considered more appealing to the eyes. Culture to culture and generation to generation will vary in regard to what is considered the most attractive way for people to dress, wear their hair and makeup, and to adorn themselves with jewelry. However, the natural basic features (such as the ideal waist-to-hip ratio and the symmetry of a face) will probably remain the standard for beautiful women worldwide.

There are a lot of theories out there explaining the influences of IQ and it all falls back on the big question Nature or Nurture.
Today, nearly all psychologists recognize that both genetics and the environment play a role in determining intelligence. It now becomes matter of determining exactly how much of an influence each factor has.
Here are some arguments for each
Evidence of genetic influences:
• Twin studies suggest that identical twins IQ's are more similar than those of fraternal twins
• Siblings raised together in the same home have IQ's that are more similar than those of adopted children raised together in the same
Evidence of environmental influences:
• Identical twins reared apart have IQ's that are less similar than identical twins reared in the same environment
• School attendance has an impact on IQ scores
• Children who are breastfed during the first three to five months of life score higher on IQ tests at age 6 than same-age children who were not breastfed
I found it very interesting that there has been significant data proving Genetic influences on IQ. The article I posted below shows this direct prove of Genetic influence "Large sample size studies in monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins raised together show an average correlation of .86 for MZ twins, while the correlation for DZ twins is only .60." Over all if I had to weigh it out I believe that environmental factors influence intelligence significantly more than genetics, What do you guys think?


Tough guys, macho men, and meat heads, we all know them. Some of us love them, and some of us don't. These three descriptions all have something in common: they are all directed towards men, and not women. Why is this the case? There could be several reasons, but one main reason is aggression. Generally, men are more aggressive than women.Macho men.jpg This fact has been proven across several behavioral studies. But why are men more aggressive? Some say it is the increased levels of testosterone in men compared to women. Others argue that it is the way boys are brought up. We all saw the video in class where baby boys were talked to differently than baby girls. The people would say things like "aren't you a tough guy" or "you are going to grow up to be big and strong", versus more soft and innocent comments to infant girls. Could this be the reason males are more aggressive? I guess it all comes back to the great nature-nurture debate. What do you think? Do you think increased aggression in boys is from nature, or nurture, or both?

Air Diet or Anorexia?

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It's official... you can literally find a way to make anything sound better than it really is. While looking into possible diets to get ready for summer days at the lake, a website actually tried to persuade me to go on the Air Diet!! I decided to read further to make sure it was serious, and the answer was yes--the creators of this diet really were suggesting that eating only air would make you lose weight. Thank you Captain Obvious. As far as I am concerned, "Air Diet" is synonymous to anorexia. The proponents of this new fad diet just forgot to mention the negative effects of hair loss, heart problems, and fragile bones that can come along with anorexia.

Even though this diet is just a clever way of inducing anorexia in vulnerable targets, it is based in a real scientific phenomenon. In our textbook, the author argues that with feelings of hunger, "the brain is far more influential than the actual stomach." This diet clearly utilizes this fact. It has its participants prepare food and even put it near their mouths (like Madonna is demonstrating above). However, instead of actually eating the food, they do a form of breathing meditation that convinces their brain that consuming air will fill them up the same as food. The stomach will obviously catch on to this trick when it does not receive any food meal, but the stomach is not in control. If the brain, specifically the hypothalamus, can be convinced that food entered the system, it will decrease hunger sensations.

So how about it? Would you ever hop on the Air Diet bandwagon?

An Office Romance

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Office romances seem to be all too common in movies and TV. But one romance sticks out as one of the most successful: Jim Halpert and Pam Beasley in The Office. There are three reasons as to why their relationship has been so successful. Proximity, similarity, and reciprocity are the three major principles that guide the formation of relationships and attraction.
The most obvious reason people fall in love is that they work, live, or study in the same environment. Jim and Pam worked at Dunder Mifflin for years before they became a couple. Just seeing someone everyday allows for the opportunity for a relationship to blossom. index.jpg
Pam and Jim are very much alike and have a lot in common. Their degree of similarity allows them to understand one another and to enjoy doing similar activities together. When you share things in common with your partner, the chances that you will have a successful relationship greatly increase. If you and your partner have nothing in common, it will be difficult to establish a personal connection.
Reciprocity is the third principle in guiding attraction and relationship formation. There must be some give and take in every relationship. For example, Jim and Pam have meaningful conversations which bring them closer together.
The Office is full of romances. Some work and others don't. But, if there is proximity, similarity, and reciprocity, you are on your way to a relationship.
The 3 principles can even be seen in this short clip.

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