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Nature vs. Nurture Writeup

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Western University
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Health Sciences 2711A/B
Treena Orchard

HS 2700A Tutorial Section 002 October 19 , 2009 Nature vs. Nurture The long-fought debate of nature versus nurture has been around for more than two centuries and has fostered other political, social, and racial debates. It has all come down to nature versus nurture when we raise topics about human development. Human development may be seen in different perspectives such as a physical, social, and an emotional point-of-view. Although nature plays an extremely essential role in our development as human beings, nurture is the more dominant player in human growth. We are predisposed to many unfavourable things from birth which we have no choice of, but nurture is able overcome those predispositions, depending on how motivated we are. Nurture is what influences our daily habits, personalities, and self-confidence. From the physical aspect of development, one would immediately assume that nature is the main force behind physical growth. Many of us are predisposed to diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Genetic inheritance and innate health are sided with nature and are things we cannot pick and choose from. For example, cardiovascular disease (CHD) and cancer are the two most common diseases that are inherited by nature, but can be prevented with the correct lifestyle choices. Exercising daily, having a balanced diet and a sufficient knowledge on health and diseases are part of nurture’s doings. The aforementioned actions can be obtained and accomplished with the influence of one’s family, peers, and more importantly, the society and media which they have been exposed to. Nature’s predispositions can be overcome and outgrown by developing habits. Consider heart disease, it can be prevented by running daily to increase and improve cardiovascular health. Heart disease can also be overcome by eating a low-fat diet to decrease th
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