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Recently, pediatricians in America (American College of Pediatricians) caution educators on dealing with sexual orientation and gender confusion among students. They “are increasingly concerned, however, that in many cases efforts to help students who exhibit same-sex attractions and/or gender confusion are based on incomplete or inaccurate information.”

For this reason, they write letter to school superintendents which we can be read at their resource website: www.FactsAboutYouth.com.

Here are some facts based on one of their pamphlets: What You Should Know About Sexual Orientation of Youth.

  • Homosexuality is not a genetically-determined, unchangeable trait.
  • Homosexual attraction is determined by a combination of familial, environmental, social and biological influences. Inheritance of predisposing personality traits may play a role for some. Consequently, homosexual attraction is changeable.
  • Most students (over 85%) with same-sex attractions will ultimately adopt a heterosexual orientation if not otherwise encouraged. Most questioning students are experiencing temporary sexual confusion or are involved in experimentation.
  • The homosexual lifestyle, especially for males, carries grave health risks.
  • Declaring and validating student’s same-sex attraction during the adolescent years is premature and may be personally harmful.
  • Sexual reorientation therapy has proven effective for those with unwanted homosexual attractions.
  • For many youth, homosexual attraction develops due to negative or traumatic experiences, such as sexual abuse. These students need therapy for the trauma, not affirmation of a “gay identity.”
  • There is no evidence that pro-homosexual programs, such as on-campus student clubs, ease the health risks or emotional disorders suffered by homosexuals.
  • Regardless of an individual’s sexual orientation, sexual activity is a conscious choice.
  • It is in the best interest of all students to refrain from any sexual activity until adulthood, most optimally until they enter a life-long faithful marriage.
  • The school’s responsibility is to provide a safe environment for respectful self-expression for all students. It is not the school’s role to diagnose and attempt to treat any student’s medical condition, and certainly not the school’s role to “affirm” a student’s perceived personal sexual orientation.

Visit their website! It holds a bunch of useful information.

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The Overweight Asians

To classify whether we  are underweight, normal, overweight, or obese, we often use Body Mass Index (BMI). It is defined as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in metres (kg/m2). For example, an adult who weighs 70 kg and whose height is 1.75 m will have a BMI of 22.9.

BMI = 70 kg / (1.75 m)2 = 70 kg / 3.0625 m2 = 22.9 kg/m2

Having our BMI, this is the most common classification we often see.

The above table is the international classification proposed by World Health Organization (WHO). However, BMI may not correspond to the same degree of fatness in different populations due, in part, to different body proportions. WHO then convened the Expert Consultation on BMI in Asian populations, proposing different ranges for the Asia-Pacific region based on risk factors and morbidities.

Although there is still a growing debate on this topic, the proposed classification for Asian might be worth to know.

More on this:

  1. Revision of Body Mass Index (BMI) Cut-Offs In Singapore
  2. WHO/IASO/IOTF. The Asia-Pacific perspective: redefining obesity and its treatment. Health Communications Australia: Melbourne, 2000.
  3. James WPT, Chen C, Inoue S. Appropriate Asian body mass indices? Obesity Review, 2002; 3:139.
  4. WHO expert consultation. Appropriate body-mass index for Asian populations and its implications for policy and intervention strategies. The Lancet, 2004; 157-163.
  5. WHO, Global Database on Body Mass Index.

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Global Database on Body Mass Index

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