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Left: Brett and Smolarz introduce new approaches to prevent obesity. Right: Brett believes obesity treatments should be made more affordable. continued from page 1

by relating it to the logistics behind thirst, analogizing it with the Association of Clinical Endo- concept of tire pressure. crinologists the American AssoWhen humans are thirsty and ciation of Clinical Endocrinolo- choose to go grab a glass of wagists soon followed, according to ter, it is an involuntary action, Brett and Smolarz. according to Smolarz. “We are in an era where we’re “When the body is dehydrated, just scratching the surface of un- our tire pressure sensors, or osmoderstanding the biology and ac- receptors, pick up on this and send cepting (obesity) as a disease,â€? signals to the brain to give us a Smolarz said. sensation of thirst,â€? Smolarz said. Meagan Rodriguez, a senior “Once you drink, the water gets abbiology major, honed in on the sorbed and that sensor sees that the stigmas behind the disease. volume went up again. It then feeds “When we talk about eating back and says, ‘OK, we don’t need disorders and weight problems, to say ‘thirst’ anymore.’â€? there isn’t a lot of focus on obesiThe problem with obesity is ty,â€? Rodriguez said. “Many peo- that this system Smolarz described ple assume overweight people registers low tire pressure, even are lazy or unhealthy slobs, and ZKHQ WKH WLUHV DUH IXOO\ LQĂ DWHG that’s really not the case at all.â€? which causes people to overeat. 6PRODU]VLPSOLĂ€HGWKHELRORJ\ “So the cycle continues, and

unfortunately for human beings, it’s not the light that goes on,� he said. “It’s a sensation to eat.� One concerning factor, and one of the main reasons why Novo Nordisk believes obesity should be treated, is because obesity does not always stand alone as a disease. Obesity is associated with many other diseases, or “obesityrelated comorbidities,� according to Brett. “Some of those are metabolic in nature such as Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease,� Brett said. “We can also see mechanical illnesses related to obesity — chronic back pain, obstructive sleep apnea and arthritis, not forgetting mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression.� If health care professionals were to become more engaged

with obese patients, just a 5 percent reduction in weight loss could contribute to a decrease in obesity-related comorbidities, Brett explained. “With a 5 percent reduction in (body mass index) on a national level, we could avert 3.6 million cases of hypertension, 6.3 million cases of cancer and over 4 million cases of diabetes,� Brett said. Nationwide weight improvement would also positively contribute to the U.S. economy, saving nearly $230 billion in just a few years, Brett explained. Although Brett and Smolarz brought up several methods of how to treat problems like obesity, some audience members reacted with some skepticism toward their suggestions. Rodriguez brought up the

concern of the affordability of treatments such as drugs, lifestyle changes and surgeries. “Obviously not everyone can afford surgery and medicines,â€? Rodriguez said. “Knowledge is so important and when people WU\ WR JHW KHDOWK\ DQG Ă€W RIWHQ times they have to pay so much to even get a nutrition plan.â€? Access to affordable medications is one of the biggest challenges Brett and Smolarz have seen, which is because many health insurance companies and SKDUPDFHXWLFDOEHQHĂ€WPDQDJHUV often treat obesity medicine differently from others. “One of the approaches that we have to do is not just educate health care professionals and patients, but also educate payers and employers,â€? Brett said.

SFB funds multiple events through conference call By Eric Preisler Staff Writer Seven events were funded and two events were tabled at this week’s Student Finance Board meeting held over a conference call on March 21. Iota, Iota, Iota, The Association of Students for Africa, PRISM, Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity Incorporated and the Union Latina Student Organization were fully funded to have Andrea Ritchie speak at the College on April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Education Building Room 212. Ritchie is an African-American immigrant, attorney and activist who will be speaking about topics in her new book, “Invisible No More,â€? which delves into UDFLDO SURĂ€OLQJ SROLFH EUXWDOLW\ DQG LPmigration enforcement against women of color, according to the event’s proposal. “Her experience as a lawyer, her work as an activist and advocate for impoverished women who are victims of state violence and her personal history as a survivor of violence uniquely positions her to educate TCNJ students,â€? the proposal stated. The Black Student Union was fully funded $3,363.70 for its Around the World Fashion Show, which will be held on April 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Brower Student Center Room 100. Funding for the event includes the FRVWVIRUDGHVLJQHUD'-D6QDSFKDWĂ€Oter, lighting, pipes and drapes. Three separate clubs are contributing clothes for the fashion show. Union Latina is contributing clothes for a Havana, Cuba scene. The Association of Students for Africa is contributing clothes for a Lagos, Nigeria scene and the Indian Students Association is donating clothes for a Mumbai, India scene. The purpose of this event is to showcase

the diversity of multicultural organizations on campus. 7KLVIDVKLRQVKRZEHQHĂ€WVWKHFDPSXV community by providing a way for multicultural organizations to celebrate their diversity, which is one of the College’s core beliefs, according to the proposal. Union Latina was partially funded for its Copa event, which will be held on April 21 in the Decker Social Space. The organization was funded $2,544 for the costs of food, decorations, a DJ and a photobooth, but funding for professional dancers was tabled. According to the proposal, Copa is an annual Carnival-themed event that comELQHV/DWLQ$PHULFDQFXOWXUDOLQĂ XHQFHV to create an evening for students to enjoy. “Copa is an annual event that combines Latin American cultures into one XQLTXH DQG IXQ HYHQLQJ Ă€OOHG ZLWK SHUformances, Latin food and music,â€? said Erica Bello, a freshman Spanish and psychology double major and Union Latina’s Latino Awareness Chair. “This year’s Carnival theme allows Union Latina to embrace different Carnival traditions into one evening.â€? The Mixed Signals were fully funded $4,100 for its event, Rock, which will be held on April 14 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall. This event will consist of an improvisation performance featuring four trained actors and comedians, as well as an improv workshop, the proposal stated. The Iota Beta chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was tabled for its event, Delta Lessons, which would be held on April 10 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Business Building Room 122. The event would consist of a professional and life development skills workshop, the proposal stated. SFB requested more information

faculty, staff and students by starting from within, the proposal stated. “We want to offer the campus an experience where they can attend to learn about how they lead, but also why they lead the way they do because of who they are,â€? the proposal explained. SFB tabled this event because of high costs and also recommended for Zeta Phi Beta to consider different speakers. Prism was fully funded $1,000 for its event, Authoring Our Stories, which will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Education Building Room 204. This workshop will help participants Freshman Spanish and examine the ways in which events and psychology double major and Union people shape life experiences, according to the proposal. /DWLQD¡V$ZDUHQHVV&KDLU Prism’s event, Big Gay Nooner, which about the workshop before deciding on would be held on April 16 from 11 a.m. its funding. to 1 p.m. on Green Lawn, was tabled. Chi Upsilon Sigma was fully funded This event would promote the celfor its event, Paint your Stress Away with ebration of gender and sexual diversity a Twist, which will be held on April 19 while allowing students to de-stress by from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Education providing crafts and snacks, the proposBuilding Room 115. al explained. The organization was funded $2,130 SFB tabled this event to get more into cover the costs of painting materials, formation about the Nooner, as well as cups and mixed fruit. to understand how giveaways of T-shirts A visual artist, Louie Blaka, will teach and food would promote the mission of attendees how to de-stress through paint- the event. ing at this event, the proposal stated. Medicine, Education and Development Chi Upsilon Sigma will also educate for Low Income Families Everywhere WKHFDPSXVFRPPXQLW\DERXWWKHEHQHĂ€WV was fully funded $3,191.18 for its event, of juicing and healthy eating by allowing A Taste of South America, which will be guests in the audience to create their own held on April 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. smoothies using fruits and vegetables. in the Brower Student Center Room 225. The Omicron Epsilon Chapter of the Funding will cover the costs of food, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was tabled for its utensils, table cloths, balloons, streamers event, The Empowerment Summit: Revi- DQGĂ \HUV talizing Your Why, which would be held MEDLIFE will be providing tradion April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the tional South American food with an emBrower Student Center. phasis on Peruvian culture, according to The purpose of this event is to empower the proposal.

“Copa is an annual event that combines Latin American cultures into one unique and fun evening Ă€OOHGZLWKSHUIRUPDQFHV Latin food and music.â€? — Erica Bello

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The Signal: Spring '18 No. 9  

The 03/28/2018 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey's student newspaper

The Signal: Spring '18 No. 9  

The 03/28/2018 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey's student newspaper