December 6, 2011
Topic: Obesity in the United States
Specific Purpose: I would like for my audience to believe in better eating habits so they can avoid or control obesity. INTRODUCTION
I. Attention Getter: According to the Forbes website, 74.6 percent adults in the world are obese and the United States has the highest rates.
II. Relevance: Obesity occurs all throughout the world, and with each passing year the rates are higher. We see obesity everywhere, even here in UTPA. It is getting to the point where we think it is normal to see a bigger person walking or sitting next to us, but the truth is it is not normal. In fact, obesity is highly dangerous to our health.
III. Credibility: I have done extensive research on obesity and have found many shocking statistics and facts on this issue. In addition, I have an Aunt suffering from obesity and that led her to having diabetes.
IV. Propositional Statement: Obesity is a growing problem in the United States and in the Valley. I propose we encourage ourselves, and the people we love, to have healthier eating habits so it will help people control or avoid obesity.
Point One: The first part of the problem is that obesity is a growing health issue, and many adults and young people are victims of it.
A. According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a cross-sectional telephone survey of no institutionalized adults ages 18 years or older conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity between 1991 and 1998 increased in all 50 states in the United States in both men and women, and across all age groups. Notably, only 4 states had obesity rates of 15% or higher in 1991, but by 1998, 37 states had exceeded that level. The highest prevalence of obesity was found among women of minority groups.
B. Data from the Texas Health Institute and Methodist Healthcare Ministries indicates more than 15 million...
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