Thesis: Obesity and Products

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Chapter 1
The Problem and Its Scope

Introduction/ Research Background

For years, people have been trying to lose weight fast to achieve their ideal body image. Unfortunately, losing weight is a laborious process of regulating nutritional intake and performing various exercises for a long period of time in order to shave off excess fatty deposits and achieve the desired result. Recent discoveries in the biochemical and pharmaceutical departments found out ways to “trick” the body into metabolizing these excess fats and promote weight loss, hence slimming products were born. There are many types of slimming products, pills, tea, and L-Carnitine containing products all promise quick ways to lose fat (McArthur, 1989). Consumers, especially teenagers, mostly women, who are extremely conscious, tend to choose slimming products in order to lose weight rather than losing it naturally with exercise and the right diet.

During the teenage years and up to early adulthood is where peers become a big part of ones. This is where body image becomes critical; teens start to try to achieve in order to get the approval of their peers (Pilliteri, 1998). Looking good is important to get the sense of belongingness, and it takes time to achieve that result, hence in order to hasten the process, teens often look toward the direction of slimming products.

Diet trends such as slimming products are popular now a day but can cause detrimental effects in the body since it is an unnatural way of losing weight. This is why this research paper is created in order to delve deeper in the issue of weight loss. Being socially accepted is important to teens which can cause them to take desperate measures in order to achieve their ideal body image, which in turn can harm their bodies in a metabolic level, which leaves them victims for many bodily disorders. This research is going to investigate the effects of these slimming products in the body and what overdose can do to you, as well as what goes on in the mind of these young people that made them take these slimming products in a daily basis or in some cases over the recommended regimen. Our group has taken this issue into hand since there are many overweight or obese young women in our campus who suffer socially due to their body image. The purpose of this paper is to find out the percentage of young women in FEU who are obese who take diet supplements in a regular basis and the reason why they take it. Hopefully, they read this research and somehow convince them that the fastest way out is not always the best way. We want to enlighten these people that a exercise and the right diet can give you confidence with your body image.

Statement of the Problem

The research intends to prove that teenagers nowadays, especially girls, are most prevalent users of slimming/ weight loss products as substitute to lose weight easily and to attain their ideal body figure. Specifically, this study sought to answer the following questions: 1. What is obesity?

4.1 What causes obesity?
2. What are the ways to lose weight?
2.1 Which is the most effective?
2.2 Which is the easiest?
2.3 Which is the safest?
3. How Important is body image to adolescents? Why is it important to them? 4. What are Slimming Products?
4.1 What are the Kinds of Slimming Products?
4.2 What are the good and bad effects of Slimming Products?
4.3 What are its health risks?
5. What influences adolescents to use Slimming Products?

Significance of the Study

This research aims to give awareness to the people who patronized slimming products of what is short term and long term effects of dietary products, to know the implications for an individual’s susceptibility to decrease the incidence of those who are suffering from the side effects of using slimming products and to broaden the knowledge about different drugs that can be abused and its effects on behavior and decision-making of the user. And to the non-users, to give...
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