Alyssa Mallette

Monument, CO, United States

About Alyssa

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Biology, Exercise Physiology

Comments & conversations

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Alyssa Mallette
Posted over 1 year ago
Is diet and exercise a huge oversimplification of obesity? Do we need an unprejudiced reconsideration?
These are all extremely good questions. As far as calling all "fat people" failures I don't think that would be right. Obesity can stem from many things; hormones, genetics, stress, etc. It does not typically come from just one simple thing, like having a poor diet and not exercising (although these do play a role). It is entirely possible for people to change these things though, and therefore change their hormone levels, their gene expression, among many other things. Eating healthy is just the beginning, and quite a few people who "eat healthy" don't realize that they don't have a good grasp on what is healthy. Nutrition is a very complex and tricky subject. But eating healthy is not enough to overcome obesity. To lose weight there must be a caloric deficit and the best way to achieve this is by eating less and exercising (and when eating less, eating better as well..whole foods, nothing processed). Also many people think that cardio is the best way to lose weight so they ignore weight training, when, in fact, weight training can be one of the best things for your weight loss journey. Anyways..obesity is very complicated and there are many things that can lead to it, but there are also ways out of it.
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Alyssa Mallette
Posted over 1 year ago
How can we best engage college students in the idea of learning instead of just getting a degree?
Have interesting teachers who can engage the students. I am in school right now and I have changed my major several times because I did not like how I was feeling about school. I found myself in an anatomy class and it was there that I found my desire to learn. My professor was engaging, modern, smart, funny, and he didn't read from powerpoints. He was passionate about what he taught and it showed. If we had more professors like that then students may begin to care about learning again. However, college is a means to an end, and most students are not going to school to learn about something that they care about..they are going to school for something that is relatively uninteresting to them in order to get a job. A lot of the interesting degree choices yield very few prospects for jobs though.