Bulimia – Seoyoung

Bulimia is a eating disorder characterised by episodes of binge eating and self-induced vomiting. When someone is binge eating, they can consume up to 5,000 calories in a short time.. This eating disorder works in a cycle. The person gets cravings and starts to binge eat. Then, they purge or abuse laxatives to avoid gaining weight. This is followed by feelings of guilt and shame and the person decides to go on a strict diet and the cycle continues.

Some of the symptoms of a person with bulimia includeimgres-1 9.11.44 PM

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-Scars and calluses of knuckles ( from their teeth)

-puffy cheeks

-discoloured teeth

-smell of vomit

-excessive exercise

-going to the bathroom after meals

-eating large meals but no change in weight

How does Bulimia affect your body?

-possible rupture of the esophagus from frequent vomiting

-gastric rupture – side effect of binge eating ( not common but possible)-tooth decay from the stomach acids that comes up when you vomit

Bulimia affects 1-2% of young women,many of which are between the age 13 and 17.

Treatment for Bulimia requires help from a doctor as well as therapy.


Coding – Max

When you hear the word Coding, you probably first think of a MASSIVE wall of text, stretching to about 500,000 lines of pure gibberish, as if a cat walked on the keyboard. But nay! Coding is just another language, but seems so alien because it has it’s own set of syntax that is unfamiliar when compared to other languages.

Why code, you ask? Image a world full of legendary literacy, book-packed libraries: How would we have gotten had no one knew how to write? Take a look around you, We have computers around all of us, infact, how are you reading this? There is always code hidden behind the shells of polished fancy programs, and coding will become essential for the future, as the electronical industry is ever growing, more and more innovative devices are entering the market. So why should you truly code? Coding will have to be important in the future, for if we ever wish to look into the new world of technology we obviously need to understand it, as if we want to write books, we need to first learn to write.

Alright, so are now convinced and inspired by this persuasive piece, you want to get started! Well, go right ahead! Coding isn’t restricted to any age! How? Google it! But why is it so important to our health, you question? Coding encourages logical thinking as most of the languages’ syntax is built upon logic.

Music Affecting Teenagers – Maxine

Since before birth, I’ve been exposed to music. People my age think about music differently. Some think it’s a complete waste of time, some would prefer to go off playing video games or sports, and some, such as me, are somewhat moulded by the notes, by the combination of different sounds, feelings, energy. Music makes me happy, and that’s all there is to it. I listen to a lot of music, varying from EDM, to punk/rock, to classical, and to indie. But it doesn’t stop there, music can change people’s lives.

When I go on YouTube and listen to music, I see that the type of comments differ depending on the genre of music. For example:

  • For classical music, the people’s main comments focus on where to find sheet music, the style or technique of the composer/performer, the affect on that person’s studying or work, etc.
  • For rock (1990s to early 2000s), the comments get nostalgic. The people seem to miss the kind of music that was written and played by the actual artists and not some big record company. They remember their own “Teenage Rebellion” days, when this was the type of music they’d listen to and their parents would scold them for “being too loud,” and that they were “going to become deaf”.
  • For EDM, the comments are mostly critique on how the composer could improve “The Bass Drop” and also compliments on that part of the music.
  • For screamo, metalcore, post-punk, etc. the comments range from “Hate” originating from the more closed minded percentage of the human population to comments stating that the song had saved their life.
  • And for indie/alternative music, the comments are mainly compliments on the different instruments used or the type of vibe the music creates.

Being a teenage girl in the 21st century, there seems to be more judgement regarding what music I listen to. Personally, I prefer listening to faster, more dynamic music since it energizes me and my happiness level dramatically increases. However, some may prefer to listen to slower, simpler music as it calms them. However, people are happy both ways.

Before I had really discovered music, I was only open to listening to classical music and Linkin Park. Though Linkin Park still continues to be my favourite band, I’ve been more open to different genres of music as well.

As a result of becoming more open-minded towards the other music genres which I don’t necessarily listen to all the time, I’ve learned not to insult one’s music taste. I really don’t see why music taste should be insulted. In my opinion it’s a part of someone’s life and insulting it wouldn’t necessarily make that person stop listening to that music, it’d make them stop listening to the person who had insulted them.

Through music, I’ve begun to look at life a different way, I’ve begun to change the way I see my connections with people, it’s helped me through pretty tough times. But then, I don’t bother listening to music that would intentionally make me sad, as I don’t see the point in that as my main goal in life, besides world domination, is to be happy.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that music can affect the way people think and maybe even live. Though there are different opinions regarding music and its respective genres and sub-genres, it seems that it’s a unanimous agreement that without music, a big part of culture, personality, and identity would be obsolete.