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Informative Speech Outline

Title: Child Obesity, a “Growing” Concern
Topic: Most Prevalent Causes of Obesity in the U.S.

Specific Purpose: To educate the audience on the key causes of the increasing obesity rate in the U.S. among adults, but especially among youth.

Thesis Statement: The main contributors to obesity among adults, but mostly among youth are environmental factors, lack of choosing nutritious meals, portion distortion and the factor that fuels all of these, advertising media.


Attention Materials: What do you think when you see an overweight child? Do you blame the child for not getting enough physical activity or eating the right foods, or do you blame the parents for not properly
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vii. Competitive foods overall overshadow subsidized lunches. 1. Ability for kids to buy offered junk food in vending machines, school stores, etc. (Ayala Laufer-Cahana)

(Transition: We know kids are unable to make healthy choices, but what adds to this problem is the fact that home-cooked meals have been replaced with eating out, which introduces the factor of “portion distortion.”)

IV. Portion Distortion is a key contributing factor to the increase of caloric intake, which leads obesity. h. The number of restaurants in the U.S. increased 75% from 1977 to 1991 (Center for Disease Control). viii. The portion sizes in restaurants have steadily increased from 1970 to 1999 (Prevention Institute). 2. Value Meals and Supersizing a. Calorie bombs wrapped in a bargain appeals to teenagers and adults alike (Prevention Institute). b. A larger profit for food industry equals a larger waistline for society. c. The hidden evils of soft drinks for unsuspecting consumers (Prevention Institute).


Summary statement: We have reviewed many key contributors to obesity in people, especially children. However, the one major contributor that is in a sense the invisible hand that enables and encourages negative environmental factors, lack of choosing nutritious meals, and portion distortion to become acceptable life styles, is media. Advertising media is the main


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