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.

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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.



Dreaming and Nightmares- Udita

Dreaming is a series of thoughts, visions or feelings created by your imagination that occur during sleep.

There have been many studies performed on why we dream but scientists are still not 100% sure. There are many theories to why we dream. There is some research to back up the idea that dreams are tied to how we form memories. Some say that we dream so our brain can remember what we learned that day. Studies show that when we’re learning new things in our waking hours, dreams increase while asleep. What we do during the day can be reflected to what we dream about.

On the other hand, a nightmare is a bad dream that brings out strong feelings of fear, terror, distress or anxiety. Nightmares are considered a normal part of childhood. Girls often have more nightmares than boys. They can also continue into adulthood. Nightmares can be a way of our brains to deal with stress we get throughout the day. Some reasons nightmares are caused are because of a major life event like the loss of a loved one, drinking too much alcohol, eating before going to bed and drugs.

There are ways to eliminate bad dreams, though. You can do that by establishing a regular sleep schedule, cut down your caffeine and alcohol intake, avoid eating right before going to bed, exercising during the day, avoid playing violent video games and watching scary movies. If the nightmares really start to bother you, you may have to see a counselor or psychologist to get to the root of the problem.

I decided to choose dreaming for my health buzz because I always found the idea of dreaming very fascinating, and I thought it would be a good chance to get to know a little more about the topic. Colorful-drawing-of-woman-dreaming




Unit 4 Performance Task – 100% Me

Your last performance task for the semester involves taking everything you have learned about Reproductive Health and translating it into a fun, educational, and informative board game for 6th Grade students coming into the 7th Grade.  Below you will find everything you need to get started.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Have fun!



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After you have played the board game with G6 students  . . .  . .we will have a 10 minute GUIDED discussion in small single gender groups about transitioning into 7th grade.


G7 students will answer this question: What would you tell your younger self about puberty?


UNIT 4 Essential Questions

  • Why do we develop at different rates?
  • Why do teenagers thing differently than adults?
  • Why do teenagers experience mood swings?
  • Why is health care important at this time?

Other Ideas 

  • Why do girls experience cramps during their period?
  • Why do boys have nipples?
  • What do the sex hormones do?
  • How do you handle crushes?
  • Why do I need to wash more frequently?
  • Why do girls and boys think differently?
  • What are some zit myths?
  • What are the “facts of life”?
  • Does having your period mean you can’t do physical activity?
  • Will exercise make my breasts bigger?
  • What is the female cycle?
  • Why do I feel like I want to be independent from my family?



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Unit 4 Test Review

We’re approaching the last few classes of Wellness for this semester!  Great job everyone and thanks for a productive, awesome, and fun Wellness class!!

The Unit Assessment is coming up.  Below you will find some review questions as well as a link to the quizlet which will help you study! Good Luck! 🙂



√ the function of the reproductive system

√ the names of the organs of the female and male reproductive system

√ order of events before fertilization (BrainPop sheet)

√ the events during the menstrual cycle

√ three health problems of a male and female reproductive system

√ three things that a girl and a boy can do to keep her reproductive system healthy

√ the physical, social and emotional changes that occur in boys and girls during puberty



Lobotomies – Rura

Lobotomy is a neurosurgical (any surgery that involves the nervous system. Ex. the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves.) procedure that was popular in mental asylums in the early 1940’s, and the mid 1950’s.Lobotomies were a very mainstream procedure,and were often used, and prescribed, even if it had serious side-effects. It was used to cure schizophrenia, severe cases of depression, and any mental disorder involving the frontal cortex.

The procedure consist of removing, or damages parts of the frontal cortex; the part of the brain that holds most behavioral traits, motor skills, and problem solving tactics. This procedure is very dangerous, but if done correctly, and with no problems, the patient would have behavioral changes, and would even be able to live normal lives. If not, it could cause death, brain damage, comas, and vegetative states (impaired consciousness).

There are two ways doctors can preform lobotomies, a prefrontal, and a transorbital lobotomy. These mainly differ on how the doctor accesses the brain.

To preform a prefrontal lobotomy, doctors will drill holes on the side or the top of the head.

Prefrontal Lobotomy Diagram

To preform a transorbital lobotomy, doctors will instead access the frontal cortex through the eye sockets. The thin instrument did not go through the eye, but through the thin bone, under the top eyelid, and the eye socket. It did not leave any scars, but two black eyes. The procedure took less than 10 minutes, and could be done anywhere. It was also proved to produce better results.

Transorbital lobotomy

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Lobotomies are very popular in the pop culture today. Shown in TV shows, and movies, the spread of this 20th century procedure creates interests to people. I find this topic very interesting, and because of the exposure this topic is having, I think others who get also find this intriguing. Lobotomies are now shown in a brutal light, but at the time that we were popular, it was humane, and people saw nothing wrong about it. I think this shows how the fields of psychology have grown. Now, to cure these disorders a person has, we have anti-psychotics, and less invasive ways to cure these mental illnesses. The popular, but now banned lobotomies have been a very big impact to the psychology fields.

Bullying by Victoria Espinosa

Bullying is like any other person in the dictionary and like every other word it has a meaning.

Using superior strength or influence to intimidate, typically to force hi or her to force him or her to do what one wants.

What is bullying to be exact, is it a form of peer pressure or is it ruthless torture?

Either way it’s no good.

People get bullied for many reasons, the main reason being that they’re seen as a target to the bullies.

Bullying lowers self-esteem, causes depression and often leads to suicide.

Many teens and preteens younger and older alike should not go through bullying but they still do.

What do you think bullying is?




Anxiety – By Ananya

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Its basically stress.

Anxiety is often triggered by stress in our lives. Some of us are more vulnerable to anxiety than others, but even those who become anxious easily can learn to manage it well. We can also make ourselves anxious with “negative self-talk” – a habit of always telling ourselves the worst will happen.

As well as feeling apprehensive and worried (possibly without knowing why), you may experience some of the following physical symptoms:

  • Tense muscles

  • Trembling

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    Churning stomach

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhea

  • Headaches

  • Backache

  • Heart palpitations

  • Numbness or “pins and needles” in arms, hands or legs

  • Sweating/flushing

    Everyone has anxiety. But some people have anxiety more often than others. If you are one of these people you can suffer through high blood pressure, headaches, dark eye bags etc.

    There is also a disorder that can occur due to anxiety. Its called the generalized anxiety disorder, which is quite serious, (you need medical treatment) and you can detect that you have it by getting symptoms like constant worry and dread. But this is not very usual, so do not worry 😉

  • How to avoid anxiety? Avoiding situations that make you anxious might help you feel better in the short term. The trouble is the anxiety keeps returning, and has a habit of spreading to other situations. This can lead to you avoiding things like shops, crowded places, lectures or tutorials. So although avoidance makes you feel better – Relief is only temporary – you may worry about what will happen next time. Every time you avoid something it is harder next time you try to face it. Gradually you want to avoid more and more things.
  • How to keep you anxiety under control? Well:
    • Learn to manage stress in your life. Keep an eye on pressures and deadlines and make a commitment to taking time out from study or work.

    • Learn a variety of relaxation techniques. Physical relaxation methods and meditation techniques really do help.

    • Look after your physical self. Eat healthily, get regular exercise and try to keep a regular sleep pattern. Avoid alcohol, cannabis and junk food.

    • Breathe in and out.

    • Learn to replace “negative self talk” with “coping self talk.” When you catch yourself thinking something negative like “I can’t do this, it’s just too hard,” try to change it to something more positive, like “This is hard but I can get through it.” It is useful to make a list of the negative thoughts you often have and write a list of positive, believable thoughts to replace them.

    • I did anxiety because I think that it is something that us, middle schoolers have to deal with in the present and we will also deal with it later on when we go to high school and college. We need to know how to control it and restrict it because it does give you headaches and increase your blood pressure. I hope you learned a bit more about anxiety and its effects. If you think you are struggling with anxiety and panic attacks occur a lot to you, then I highly recommend a youtube video called “Dealing with Panic attacks and anxiety” by Zoella. Its short, simple and effective. Thank you.




Food Poisoning – Mina

Food Poisoning is when you eat food that contains harmful bacteria or toxins. The effects of food poisoning can be very threatening because food poisoning can cause serious illnesses and diseases such as nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhoea, abdominal pain, cramps and fever. The effects of food poisoning start after a few hours. Signs that you have food poisoning and that you should see a doctor is if you are vomiting blood, have severe diarrhoea, difficulty speaking, double vision, trouble swallowing or muscle weakness.

Some ways to prevent food poisoning is to make sure your hands are clean when you touch food you will eat. Make sure that you separate raw foods from cooked foods because you might eat the bacteria from the raw food. Make sure that if you wash raw vegetables you clean them with clean mineral water. If you are unsure of a food and am not sure if it is out of date then don’t eat it! You wouldn’t want to test it out.

I learned so much about food poisoning after I researched food poisoning for my health buzz. I have started being much more careful with what I eat and how it is prepared and if it is safe to eat. I think that now a days people are not paying much attention to what and how they eat. I think that everyone needs to understand that food poisoning is not a pleasant thing to have and that it is something that everyone can get.foodPoisoning