Diets Make People Fat

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Kayla Woodington
Duncan Campbell
English 112
12 March 2013
Dieting Makes People Fat
Obesity has become a huge issue in society today. Over 60% of Americans are overweight or obese today. Persuasion from the media has damaged the minds of the public, forcing them to think that there is a certain “image” that one must have in order to be considered good looking (Physical Health). Crash diets are being used as an attempt to follow the stick skinny image that celebrities have set for woman today. The only problem with these “diets” is that they actually make you gain more weight. According to a new UK survey, nearly a third of women have seen a spike on the scale after going on a diet (Sass). Now the question is how can doing something good for your body make you gain weight? The answer is dieting is actually good for your body AT ALL! Diets throw your body off balance, put your body under constant stress, and don’t allow for any wiggle room.

The UK survey found that one in three women started dieting between the ages of 15 and 20. Most them routinely diet about three times a year, but over 10 percent diet five times a year (Sass). This way of dieting throws your body off balance because all the sudden you are changing your eating habits. You start eating less and whenever you do eat it’s usually low calorie foods that don’t have the best nutrients that your body craves (Physical Health). This throws your body completely off so since you are eating less your body slows down your metabolism and stores more fat (Physical Health). The reason your metabolism slows down is because your brain is specifically designed to keep you from losing weight (Dieting Makes You Fat). The ability to store fat was a survival mechanism that helped early people survive when food was unavailable (Dieting Makes You Fat). When you starve yourself of food, your brain thinks you're starving and therefore the survival instinct kicks in. Your brain slows down your metabolism and...