Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sex in the News Analysis

Aqil Khairi
Sex Ed
29 Nov 2012

Article "Sex Scandal is New Crisis for Troubled French Team", by Nadim Audi, The New York Times, April 25, 2010

         What does the article say?  (Summary in 3-5 sentences)
The article reports on how three well-known French footballers were claimed to have solicited sex from an underage prostitute.  After a police investigation into a prostitution ring, one of the prostitutes informed the police of relationships she'd had with Franck Ribéry, Sidney Govou, and Karim Benzema. The scandal could have larger ramifications for the French national football team as its image is tarnished yet again. 

         What does the article mean? (Analysis in terms of community or global social, emotional or physical health implications – 1 paragraph.)
Global implications could be how some of these players are very much role models for many people, and having sex with an underage prostitute really is a bad example to many people around the world. This could have emotional implications on the players' lives and emotions, as the scandal could ruin their reputation or image in their society, team, and with their peers. Also, sex with a prostitute is always dangerous because of the higher risk of transmittance of STD's or STI's. These players risk contracting one of these diseases. 

         Why do I care?  (How does this impact me?  What does it mean to me?  I’ve been there, done that and agree or disagree.  Responses here should be 1 paragraph.)
I think that I really disagree with top footballers, known worldwide, soliciting sex from prostitutes. It is defaming them and giving them a bad name, as well as not providing a good example for what their life is like and what they think they're entitled to do. For me, it shows that on the field, these players may be the best player ever, but they are people also and make mistakes as well. Also, it could also show the true personality of some players, and makes me think twice about who to be my personal role model. Also, it is a good reminder that with fame, the world's eyes are on you all the time, so mistakes made at that level are much more conspicuous. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Reflection on Dating Video

Reflect on the in class video and answer the following three questions:

  • Explain the importance of communication in a teen relationship.
Communication is essential in a teen relationship because without communication several negative things may happen. Miscommunication could result in emotional trauma, social problems, and distance between the partners in the relationship. If there is no communication, then teens may not be able to abstain from sexual activities. Communication is essential for partners to know what their partners want or don't want, what they are comfortable with, and understanding between them. 

  • How does the media influence do to provide sexual stereotypes?
There are often scenes in movies and programs that portray the characters having a sexual relationships, and they show it as something that is normal and safe to do as well as actions that might not be that appropriate in real life. The lives of actors and actresses sometimes shows many stereotypes that unfortunately some teens take as normal. 

  • Explain 4 wrong reasons to have sex?
1. Because of peer pressure; everyone else is doing it
2. Because the relationship has been going on for a while and its "time" for a sexual relationship.
3. To impress the partner or friends, to be able to brag about it
4. Being under the influence of drugs and alcohol and therefore being unable to make good decisions.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Stress Video Questions

Answer the following three questions in paragraph form:

1. EXPLAIN the relationship between stress and hierarchy

Especially in the experiments with the baboons and the 23,000 British civil servants, it was evident that the higher an individual is in an hierarchy, the less stress that they experience. And so the opposite is also true, that is the lower an individual is in an hierarchy, the more stress there is that is experienced. This is usually due to the fact that, the higher a position someone has, there  are less people superior to them, and so they don't have as much inferiority as those in lower positions. 

2. DESCRIBE the relationship between stress and control

Stress often is associated as being caused by a lack of control. Humans are stable and calm when they feel that the situation that they are in is under control, and that they have control over what will happen. When this control is taken away, panic is usually induced in a person as well as stress. 
3. LIST the physical problems the 5 scientific studies have linked with stress.
-Increased blood pressure
-Acceleration of heart rate
-Weakening of immune system
-Thinner arteries
-Loss of memory due to smaller brain cells

Thursday, November 1, 2012

SuperSize Me Questions

Worksheet on DVD: Super Size Me!   15 points (3 per answer)

  1. What role does advertising play in the proliferation of fast food restaurant chains?  Who is the target?  Provide examples to support your answer.
Advertising plays a huge role in the proliferation of fast food restaurant chains. Advertisements convince people to go and buy and eat the food from these fast food chains by usually exaggerating how delicious or how big their food really is. Images are almost always altered in order to make it seem more appealing. The target is usually children. Fast food restaurants such as McDonald's use the Happy Meal and facilities such as playgrounds and birthday party services to lure in children and provide them with these facilities, but at the same time it is accustoming them to the fast food at that place. And also, wherever the children want to eat, the parents and adults in their care will have to take them there, and so they are involved as well. Ronald McDonald, being a clown, appeals more to the children whenever he appears in commercials and advertisements. 

  1. What are the short term and long term side physical effects of the ‘all’ fast food diet?  What concerns did the doctors have? Be specific.     
The short term physical side effects the doctors were concerned about were a rapid gaining of weight. Also, the doctor's specifically predicted an increase in the number of triglycerides, which are the "building blocks" of fats. On top of that, there would be a significant rise in the amount of calories, cholesterol, sodium, and saturated and trans fats. Long term side effects are an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This could be due to the increased amount of cholesterol that is consumed. Another long term risk would be addiction to fast food. Eating fast food all the time will certainly make a person develop a craving for that food, and, since that's been the only food that they are eating, it will be difficult to quit.

  1. Discuss the change in serving sizes in fast food restaurants through the years and the resulting effects.     
Serving sizes in fast food restaurants through the years have steadily been growing larger and larger, although in the movie this was only highlighted in fast food chains in the USA. The comparisons and facts shown in the movie are strikingly similar. The "original" size sold during the beginning of the chain turning into the "Kiddy" or "small" size of today. The size range gets bigger and bigger from there, resulting in my opinion, ridiculous things such as "Supersize" and "Super Big Gulps". These larger sizes are purposefully advertised so that people will buy them, and are offered at cheap prices and so more people are eating even more fast food than ever before. As stated in the movie, the USA has become the "fattest" nation in the world. 

  1. What is the current situation with food in school cafeterias?  How is it similar or different from the nutritional elements in fast food?  What can be done to make the situation better?     
In our school cafeteria, the situation is actually quite good compared to some schools in the USA. The food that is served in our cafeteria is cooked on the same day, and I can see that a range of foods that have nutritional value is served. There are a variety of vegetables, fruits are always sold in the front, and most people buy a meal that consists of rice. There are no soft drinks sold at our school cafeteria, and I think that this is a good measure in keeping students healthy.

I've heard that some cafeterias in schools in the USA don't really cook the meals, rather, they just reheat frozen, processed foods. These foods are essentially quite similar, in terms of nutrition, to fast food because it's just processed meats that is reheated. All the chemicals that are added in the processing are there in both. In these schools, the administration should be enlightened as to the detrimental nutritional value of the food they are serving, and nutrition experts or cooks should be brought in to teach the cooks how to cook proper meals. The local government should also help if the school is in need of funds to change their cafeteria menu. 

  1. Discuss the reasons that soft drinks exist in schools from the perspective of both the schools and the soft drink companies.  What are the implications of this on the health/diet of the students?
From the perspective of schools, selling soft drinks in schools is good for the school because then the soft drink companies will support and maybe sponsor the school if money is needed. Thus, the school benefits economically from selling soft drinks. From the soft drink company point of view, they are basically advertising their product to the students and anyone who goes to the school. These children will then grow up with a taste for a certain brand of soft drink, and in the future as an adult will continue to buy and drink that soft drink. Also, schools will always require bulk supply of soft drink products, so it is good business for the soft drink company. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Health Nutrition Report

Two-Day Food Report and Analysis
Aqil Khairi


DAY 1:

Bread, white, toasted – 4 slices
Butter – guideline amount for 4 slices
Chicken nuggets – ½ cup
Malted drink mix, chocolate, with added nutrients, powder, prepared with whole milk (Milo) – 1 cup
Orange juice – 3 cups
Spaghetti, cooked – 2 cups
Spaghetti sauce with beef or meat other than lamb or mutton, homemade style – ½ cup
Lemon juice – 1 fl oz
Snacks, tortilla chips, taco-flavor – 15 g
Salsa – 3 tbsp
Guacamole – 1/10 cup
Cake, tres leche – 1 piece/slice
Rice, white, cooked, regular – 2 cups
Chicken, drumstick, fried, no coating – 1 medium drumstick
Carrots, cooked – ½ cup
Egg, whole, fried – 1 medium size egg
Water, tap, drinking – 2 cups
Tea, leaf, presweetened – 2 fl oz
Sweet and sour soup (Tom Yam soup) – ½ cup

DAY 2:
Fritter, banana – 1/5 cup
Tea, leaf, presweetened – 8 fl oz
Rice, white, cooked, regular – 2 cups
Chicken, breast, roasted, broiled, or baked – 1 cup
Shrimp, cooked – 2 
Carrots, cooked – ¼ cup
Orange juice – 2 cups
Cookie, butter or sugar cookie - 2
PAPA JOHNS 14” The Works Pizza, Original Crust – 3 slices
Carbonated citrus juice drink – 12 fl oz
Bread stick - 1
Chicken drumstick - 1
Bread stick, soft, prepared with garlic and parmesan cheese - 1


DAY 1:                            DAY 2:
Sleeping                                          Walking
Soccer, competitive                         Sleeping
Walking                                          Lifestyle

4. Report: Calories Chart

5. Report: Nutrition

6. Report: %-RDA/AI Graph

7. Report: Calorie Balance


1. Bar Graphs of:  
Calorie Balance
                               Day 1                             Day 2

Calorie Intake

Calorie Breakdown

Calories Burned 

2. Recommendations from

Day 1: 

Day 2:

3. Three nutrients closest to 100%
- Vitamin B12 (147%)
- Phosphorus (121%)
- Zinc (95%)

4. Three outliers (highest and lowest)
-      Vitamin C (485%)
-      Sodium (387%)
-      Selenium (360%)

-      Vitamin D (19%)
-      Vitamin E (62%)
-      Calcium (73%)   
   5. Nutrient Research
Long-term concerns for over/under consumption
Vitamin B12
Red blood cell formation, neurological functions, DNA synthesis
Fish, meat, poultry, dairy
Deficiency causes neurological disorders
None, % RDA is healthy
Formation of bones/teeth
Meat, milk
Surplus causes deposits in soft tissue
None, % RDA is healthy
Strengthens immune system, makes proteins and DNA
Oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts
Deficiency causes slow growth, hair loss, diarrhea, loss of appetite
None, % RDA is healthy
Vitamin C
Makes collagen, improves iron absorption
Citrus fruits
Surplus causes diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps
Drink less orange/citrus juices everyday
Controls blood pressure and volume
Table salt, milk, beets, processed meats and fast food
Surplus causes high blood pressure
Eat less fast foods and processed meats (eg. Chicken nuggets, pizza)
Prevents cellular damage from free radicals
Plant foods, some meat and seafoods
Surplus causes selenosis (hair loss, fatigue, nerve damage)
Find out if the veggies and meats I’m eating have a lot of selenium in them and limit intake of those foods
Vitamin D
Maintains strong bones, helps muscle and nerve functions
Salmon, tuna, beef liver, egg yolks,
Deficiency causes bone pain and muscle weakness
Eat more of the fatty fish species (Eg. Salmon, tuna, mackerel)
Vitamin E
Protects cells from free radical damage, boosts immune system
Wheat germ, sunflower and safflower oils, nuts, green vegetables
Deficiency causes nerve and muscle damage, weakened immune system, loss of movement control, impaired vision
Try to add more nuts to my diet, and to eat more green vegetables
Maintains and builds strong bones and teeth. Muscle and nerve functions
Milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, most grains
Deficiency causes low bone mass, increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.
I regularly eat cereal and drink milk, just not in the two days for this report, so there are no adjustments really needed.

There are two long-term concerns that I will address. First of all, my diet is quite high in saturated fats, and secondly, my diet is also very high in sodium. A diet that is high in saturated fat may in the future increase the risk of and cause blocked arteries and ultimately heart disease. This is because saturated fat, in abundance, causes high levels of cholesterol, which then may block arteries. Other possible risks are stroke and liver disease. To combat this, first of all I will maintain an active lifestyle; exercising regularly to keep my heart healthy. Also, I will be more wary of the amount of saturated fats there are in the foods that I eat. That means watching what type of meats I eat and also cutting down fast food intake.

Moving on, a diet that is high in sodium can result in a high blood pressure in the future. High blood pressure, incidentally, also can increase the risk of heart disease. To prevent this from happening in the future, I will make sure to cut down on the amount of fast foods I’m eating, because there is a tremendous amount of salt in those foods. Also, I will limit my consumption of processed meats, which are also high in added sodium.

In the future, if I continue with my current exercise habits, then I think that that aspect of my health would be well dealt with. Regular exercise in the future will help me maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and also maintain other aspects of my health such as emotional and social health. My diet overall, in my opinion, is adequately well balanced. I eat an ample variety of fruits and vegetables, and I maintain adequate intakes of most nutrients. The only concern that I have, like I stated in the previous question, is trying to reduce my consumption of saturated fats. Too much saturated fat can, in the future, cause cardiovascular diseases. I will have to monitor better the amount of saturated fats in the foods that I eat. Another simpler way would be to avoid foods that I know contain saturated fats, like butter and fast foods. I think that if I put in an effort to remember this and restrain myself from the temptation of fast foods, then this goal shouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish.

I feel that only inputting two days’ worth of my diet isn’t sufficient enough to give an efficient summary of my nutrient and calorie intake. It can give a small snapshot, but won’t encompass everything, since people don’t eat the same foods every single day. Also, seeing that this is an American program, and also the foods in the database are predominantly American, there is uncertainty in the amount of calories and nutrients in the foods that I chose to input. To add to that, sometimes there are multiple choices of the same food, with even more specific descriptions detailed, and each with different calorie amounts. In terms of exercise patterns, when it comes to playing football or running, you can never really get an exact measurement of how many calories were burned because there are always varying situations and factors that will affect the calories burned. The two days detailed in the report aren’t an entirely accurate depiction of my normal weekly lifestyle choices, but they are not totally wrong either.