Monday, November 07, 2005

Intro

Metabolisms are one of the many things that every one has, but it varies from person to person. Metabolisms are greatly connected to obesity. Obesity is a chronic disease. It flourishes in the United States and takes a huge toll in death and disability. There are approximately 127 million adults in the United Stated that are overweight. The tendency towards obesity comes from our environment. It comes from the lack of physical activity combined with high calorie, low cost foods. Depending upon one’s metabolism, one can become obese more easily than others. The saying,”What you don’t know can’t hurt you,” greatly contradicts the problem with the knowledge of metabolisms. Because metabolisms are different from person to person, people must know what their personal need for energy is. In this case, not knowing your personal needs can hurt your health status. That is why an extremely important question for people to know the answer to is,” What is a metabolism and how can it change.” Knowing the answer to this can help people understand their consumption needs and help reduce a person’s risk of becoming overweight.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Outline

1. Intro
A.Obesity
1.define
2.causes
2.calories
A. define
B.need
C. connection to metabolism
3.Effects
A. muscle tissue
B.Other smaller ways
1.activity levels
2.thyroid
3.function
4.age
4.Slow from age
A. not much from age
B.lack of muscle
C.Physical stress
5. Other factors
A. main ways
B.Meal frequency
C.Hydration
6.Many variations
A.calculators
1.calorie
a.burn at different speeds
2.metabolism
7.Ways to test metabolisms
A. indirect calorimetry
B.direct calorimetry
8.Conclusion
A.Main ways and defintions of metabolisms
B.Taking control and informing helps
C.our environments inpact
D.What you can do

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

How's it going?

My reseach has been going really well. I have found most of the info i need. My research question is really good because i can find all the info I need.It's very easy to find websites on metabolims. That topic is widely known, and there's lot of consitant info. Now all I have to do is put it together into a paper. The part that is hard is deciding on my primary resource. I have had the most trouble with finding all the info on a website to put into the cite machine. Sometimes I can only find the url and the article title. The process for this research paper is really organized. I like how we are taking it step by step. the blog helps me stay organized and keep up with my cites and resources. I can just go to my blog and click on the links and be at the websites I need.

Because i have stayed with the same question the entire time, i have had enough time to do the research I need. I wish we could spent more time planning what to do with our primary resource. That's the next step for me.this week i am going to try to come up with my exact plan for my primary resource.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

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Metaboisms are connected to obesity. There is excellent info for obesity on this site.

"Finally a Cure for Obesity." AOA Fact Sheet. 20 May 2005. American Obesity Association. 01 Nov. 2005 .

Did You Know?

* Obesity is a chronic disease with a strong familial component.

* Obesity increases one's risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes (type 2), heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease and cancer of the breast, prostate and colon.

* Health insurance providers rarely pay for treatment of obesity despite its serious effects on health.

* The tendency toward obesity is fostered by our environment: lack of physical activity combined with high-calorie, low-cost foods.

* If maintained, even weight losses as small as 10 percent of body weight can improve one's health.

* The National Institutes of Health annually spends less than 1.0 percent of its budget on obesity research.

* Persons with obesity are victims of employment and other discrimination, and are penalized.

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This website is about measuring, monitoring, and modifying your metaboolism.

Here is an excert:
Many people, including health professionals, estimate RMR using equations that are averages based on thousands of people, but are often inaccurate for an individual person. Until now, it hasn't been practical or affordable to measure metabolic rate. But with HealtheTech's BodyGem® and MedGem® devices, healthcare professionals and wellness advisors have the tools to quickly and accurately determine RMR.

"Metabolism education." Healthtech. 01 Nov. 2005 .

Monday, October 31, 2005

This website shows what certain foods can do for your bod and how they effect your metabolism.

Good, Brian. "Fire Up Your Metabolism." 01 Nov. 2005 .

Primary Source

There are lots of options for my primary source. I could interview my dad or a pediatrition about metabolisms. That would be very good because my Dad can answer lots of questions and wouldn't be difficult to reach. another possibility is that i could do some kind of experiment. That would be difficult though. I could also do a survey about people and their eating habbits and activities. I could use this info to see how they effect metabolisms.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Swan, Patricia B. "Metabolism." World Book Online Reference Center. 2005. World Book, Inc. 25 Oct. 2005 .

Metabolism, «muh TAB uh lihz uhm», is the sum of the chemical processes by which cells produce the materials and energy necessary for life. Metabolism has two phases: (1) anabolism, or constructive metabolism, during which cells combine molecules to assemble new organic materials, and (2) catabolism, or destructive metabolism, during which cells break down molecules to obtain energy and release heat. All organisms conduct both phases constantly. This article specifically discusses human metabolism, but the processes are similar in other higher animals.


Control of metabolism. Hormones control both the rate and direction of metabolism. For example, thyroxine, a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland, plays a key role in determining the rate of metabolism. Hormones secreted by special cells in the pancreas determine whether most of the body's metabolic activity will be anabolic or catabolic. The body conducts more anabolic than catabolic activities after a meal. Eating increases the level of glucose in the blood. The pancreas responds to this high level of glucose by releasing the hormone insulin. Insulin serves as a trigger for cells to begin anabolic activities. When the level of glucose is low—for example, when a person is fasting—the pancreas releases the hormone glucagon. Glucagon signals the cells to conduct more catabolic processes.

Cannone, Jesse. Take Control of Your Metabolism. 25 Oct. 2005 http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/metabolism.htm.

This awesome website tells about how to speed up and slow down metabolisms.

"Basal Metabolism." Basal Metabolism Calculator. 25 Oct. 2005 http://www.room42.com/nutrition/basal.shtml.

this is a website to calculate your metabolism.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

what i wonder about

So...what have I been wondering about this project? Um.. my topic is metabolism and how it can be effected. I need to first start with finding basic info on what the definition of a metabolism is. I also need to find what an average metabolism speed is. How can you speed your metabolism up? what slows it down? Is obesity caused by slow metabolisms. I also want to know how you can test the speed of your own metabolism. Do doctorws have to hook you up to a machine? Do they draw blood? Do they watch your daily patterns? Can they do a simple test? How can it be found?
I'll start with looking the basics up on the internet. then ill look in my dads medical books for more info. maybe he'll even know about it. I could always interview a local doctor if my dad doen't know. I bet there is some info in an encyclopidia. Of course ill probably find most of my info by internet. So that's where ill start.