Wednesday, August 28, 2013


The topic my group chose to talk about was obesity. The way it could help me with my writing is by forcing me to do research. Which I've never really have had to do much of in the past. It could possibly make me be more efficient when researching a specific topic in the future.

Monday, August 26, 2013


1) Obesity-the condition of being grossly fat or overweight
    America has a really bag obesity problem.
2) Accumulate-to acquire an increasing amount of something
    Dust accumulates on top of my desk.
3) Mass-large body of matter with no definite shape
    The mass of the table is very high.
4) Disease-a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal or plant
    An organic disease is caused by a physical or physiological change to some tissue or organ of the body.
5) Diet-to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight
   A lot of people go on diet's in order to lose weight.
6) Prevalence-the fact or condition of being prevalent
   Another change is the prevalence of concern about the lack of optimism among young people.
7) Stigma-a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person
   There is a stigma associated with schizophrenia.
8) Prevent(able)-to keep something from happening
   People would like to prevent bad things from happening to them.
9) Adolescent-a young person in the process of developing from a child to an adult
   Everybody goes through an adolescent stage.
10) Cardiovascular-relating to the heart and blood vessels.
     I've had to learn about the cardiovascular system in past years.
11) Excessive-More than necessary 
     Some people have an excessive amount of cars.
12) Mechanism-a system of parts working together in a machine
     Robots can have a complex set of mechanisms within it.
13) Sedentary-tending to spend much time seated: somewhat inactive
     People can be sedentary from time to time
14) Predispose-to make someone liable or inclined to a specified attitude, action, or condition
     Parents predispose their children a lot in order to get  them to behave
15) Syndrome-a condition characterized by a set of associated syptoms
     Down syndrome is a serious disease.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


   The article I read was on titled " The Blame Game & Obesity in America". It talked about how consumers and and big food companies should both be to blame for the obesity problem. Although the food companies basically say it's not our fault consumers are getting fat of our product they should make better choices. Even though these companies do have multibillion-dollar marketing ads. That target adults and children. Which can lead to unhealthy eating choices.
   It also doesn't help that the food industry is lagging in the nutrition research area. Which has led to most companies to have " nutrition research overload". In order to make up years and even decades on missed opportunities to do important research. Such as when it came to trans fats. It was always believed that saturated fats was the enemy. This lead to companies to reformulate their products. In order to try and get rid of the saturated fat. Only later to realize that the trans fats they replaced the saturated fat with was even worse.
   And in a even more conspiracy like viewpoint has lead people to believe in something even more drastic. People like Dr. David Katz who believes companies have made their food more "addictive". And if this is true it leads people to crave and want the companies food even more. Although officials who work in the food industry don't know of any company doing so. Even if  they are doing this or not people will still eat the companies product no matter how unhealthy it is.
   The conclusion I came up with is no matter what is done to combat obesity it will always be a problem. It's the consumers choice of what he or she decides to eat. 


"Fat letters" are being sent home to kids that are overweight or obese. These letters can cause problems when it comes to how families handle the situation. There is also a possibility of inaccurate measurement readings. A full assessment would be a better way to analyze this issue. Although these letters could promote conversations on how to be healthier.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Expository- Intended to explain or describe something
Composition- The action of putting things together, formation or construction
Assuage- The act of making an unpleasant feeling less intense
Decadence- Moral or cultural decline especially after a peak of achievement
Hackneyed- A phrase or idea lacking significance because of being overused
Coalition- An alliance between two different parties
Transcend- To go beyond the limits of something abstract
Meritorious- Deserving reward or praise when accomplishing a goal
Lurid- Very vivid in color. Creates an unpleasant harsh or unnatural effect
Petulant- A person who has a bad temper

Monday, August 19, 2013


1. The only reasons that my participation would vary is because of laziness or not wanting to do the work for whatever excuse or reason I can come up with. Other than that I have access to the internet from my computer and my phone.
2. The first I watched Professor Brian Cox lecture on the universe. It was one learning experience I always remember because of what he was explaining and how confusing it was. I had to re-watch certain parts of it to try to have a better understanding of certain things. There are still some things in that lecture that I will never understand. It didn't change how I think or learn certain things I just realized I had to pay closer attention to every word.
3. Excited- learning about things I didn't know much about before taking this class
    Concerned- the work load if it's a lot
    I'm looking forward to learning anything new if I pay attention to what is being taught or discussed.


I don't know if articles or cover stories in magazines count as good sources of non-fiction but...
1. National Geographic 2. Rolling Stone 3. Complex  4.Time Magazine 5. Sports Illustrated

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


A piece of writing where the writer presents opinions, point of view and ideas on a particular topic.


How dark will the universe be when the last star burns out?