Speech: Obesity and Food Promotes Insulin

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I would like to inform my audience about gaining to much weight because of fast food. According to what I have read affects nearly 70% of adults and 15% of children in our society today suffer obesity because of fast food. At the same time, obesity rates continue to climb causing an epidemic, which, according to a recent study actually threatens the world food supply. While there are many explanations for this phenomenon, a big one may be fast food consumption. Over the years the number of people eating fast food has increased as have the size of portions, and excessive weight gain and insulin resistance may be the result. In addition, research shows eating fast food may actually damage the part of the brain, which helps control appetite.

The consumption of fast food has increased as more and more people choose to eat out rather than at home. Given the high amounts of fat, sugar and salt found in many of these foods, it's not surprising that studies show people who eat more of them are heavier and less healthy than those who don't. Without major changes in the way we eat, these trends will most likely continue. For example, the Bastyr Center for Natural Health reports that fast food makes up more than 10% of children's food intake, and related to that, the proportion of overweight kids has increased 50% over the last 10 years. Is there a connection between weight gain and fast food consumption? A 2005 study, which appeared in the journal, The Lancet, looked at the connection between fast food consumption, weight gain and insulin resistance in the United States. Over a 15 year period, researchers conducted regular dietary assessments on a group of 3000+ black and white men and women between the ages of 18 and 30. After adjusting for lifestyle factors, results showed that increases in weight were directly related to the frequency of eating fast food. In fact, those who ate fast food more than twice a week compared to those who did...
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