Nutrition Persuasive Speech on Eating Healthy Foods
- Attention: Take a moment and think about your favorite dish, snack or beverage. What comes to your mind? Is it a type of fast food? Is it Coca Cola or any other type of soda? Is it pizza? Is it pastries, cakes or cookies? Is it white bread? The list is endless. Now guess what each of this type of food adds to your body. Do they add the nutrients you need in your body? No, they do not.
- Topic: A study conducted last year by PLMA Consumer Research Company showed that majority of the young people in USA consumed more snacks than healthy foods (PLMA, 2016).
- Credibility: This is a worrying trend, but you do not have to worry anymore because I am here to fix the problem. Since the results of the study were released late last year, I started researching healthy foods with an aim of changing the trend. So far, I have I have written five articles on the benefits of healthy foods. I have also set up a blog on healthy foods. More importantly, I have also interviewed five nutritionists in the city about the benefits of healthy foods and today I am going to share them with you.
- Preview: You should eat healthy foods because they combat some food-related diseases, reduce your chances of adding unnecessary weight and protect you from the effects of poor diet.
(Transition: let’s discuss how healthy foods combat some food-related diseases).
- Combating diseases. Some people are at higher risks of suffering from diabetes. The pre-diabetic people in particular risk suffering from diabetes in the future due to poor diet. The people that do not show sign of diabetes may not be at higher risks of developing diabetes, but they might be vulnerable to other food-related diseases. (Comparison)
- The USDA.GOV states that healthy foods protect you from heart diseases such as stroke and heart attack.
- The USDA.GOV further states that healthy foods reduce your chances of developing type II diabetes and cancer. (Example)
- Wilson also states that healthy foods keep your blood pressure and cholesterol within safe range. This decreases your chances of developing cardiovascular diseases by helping your blood to flow smoothly.
- Overall, healthy foods stop you from suffering from heart diseases, cancer and type II diabetes.
(Transition: let’s discuss how healthy foods protect you from gaining unnecessary weights)
- According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of public health, the amount of calories that you consume daily has direct impact on your weight. If you consume more calories than you can burn daily, then you will be either overweight or obese. Conversely, if you consume the amount of calories that you can burn daily, then your weight will be stable. (Example)
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that if you want to maintain your weight, then you should select the healthy foods that would provide you with the appropriate amount of calories that your body requires.
- The CDC further states that calorie intake vary from one person to the other.
- If you consume the recommended servings of healthy foods, you will either maintain your body weight or reduce it if you choose to do so.
(Transition: At this point, let’s look at how healthy foods protect you from the effects of poor diet)
- Healthy foods protect you from the effects of poor diet
- If you look around this room, but please don’t do it for the sake of this session, you will notice that some of us are obese or overweight. Because of this, it is highly likely that one person out of ten in this room is diabetic or pre-diabetic. If this is not the case, right now, one-person risks being diabetic in the future due to poor diet. (Example to personalizing my idea)
- Poor diets together with physical inactivity have been shown to cause between 310,000 and 580,000 deaths every year in USA. (Statistics)
- If you do not change your bad eating habits, you might be one of the statistics next year. (Personalizing my idea)
- Penny Tassoni, a renowned writer, in her book “child care and education level 3” claims that the effects of poor diets are many among children. Some of the long-term effects that she points out include tooth decay, low self-esteem, musculoskeletal problems and weight problems in adulthood. (Expert testimony)
- Writing for Mayo clinic Donald Hensrud warns that adding sugar and cream to your cup of coffee may have detrimental effect on your health. He warns that added sugar and cream adds calories and fat in your cup of coffee. As a result, next time you consider adding sugar or cream to your cup of coffee please remember the damages that sugar and cream cause to your body. (Paraphrase)
- In one of the interviews that I conducted, Professor Kelly Pence, a food nutritionist in the city told me that majority of the young people in our nation risk developing diabetes and cancer because of their poor eating habits. I would not like you be one of these people. (Oral citation of an Interview)
Signaling the end of speech: In conclusion, I strongly urge you to eat healthy foods to protect yourself from some food-related diseases, avoid being overweight and take the right amount of calories every day.
Summary: Please remember that poor diet affects your healthy negatively. Therefore, after this meeting start eating healthy foods.
Closure: in the words of Bethenny Frankel Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments. Therefore, invest in your good food choices. (Quote)
Harvard T.H Chan School of public health. Obesity prevention source: Food and diet. 2017. Web. 29 March 2017.
Hensrud, Donald. Does coffee offer health benefits? Mayo clinic. 2017. Web. 29 March 2017.
PLMA. How America’s eating habits are changing. 2016. Web. 29 March 2017.
Tassoni, Penny. Child care and education: Cache level 3. Oxford: Heinemann, 2007. Print.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. Preventing weight gain. 2015. Web. 29 March 2017.
USDA.GOV. Nutrients and health benefits. 2017. Web. 29 March 2017.
Wilson, Debra. The benefits of healthy habits: The impact of good health. 2016. Web. 29 March 2017.