Don’t Eat Out!!!!

Self-evaluation/reflective writing about my experience in Comm 1020

I really wasn’t excited to take a Comm 1020 aka Public Speaking.  I hate getting up in front of people but what can I say! this class was required 🙂  I have definitely come a long way in this class.  By the time we have gotten to the last speech I had more confidence and I wasn’t as nervous to speak as I was when I first started.  I don’t know if that is because I am getting comfortable speaking in front of others or if its because I begin to know my fellow classmates and didn’t feel uncomfortable in front of them.  This class will help me in my future career and I’m glad its over with 😉  Thanks, Mr. Fifield it was entertaining 🙂

Below is my Last speech in my Comm 1020 class.


Speaking/Key-Word Outline

Don’t Eat Out!

Introduction: There is never a day that one of us goes and eats out. It is convenient, faster and allows us to feel like we saved time. Unfortunately what we are not realizing that, although we may seem to think it is convenient, eating out is taking a toll on our bodies as well as our pocket book.

Hook: Heather Neal whom wrote “11 scary ingredient’s lurking in your fast food” opened her article with this statement. “Did you know eating fast food just twice a week can make you gain 10 pounds and double your risk for insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes, obesity, and a host of other health issues? (If that’s not enough to scare you, maybe knowing that a 1999 McDonald’s burger is still looking fresh or that Burger King burgers were contaminated with horsemeat in 2012 will. Ew.)” I don’t know about you but as I first read that opening sentence she had me hooked to read the rest of the article!

Thesis: Eating out can almost be an addiction for people, so why do we crave it like that? What are the health risks included in eating out and how much is it really taking out of our pocket book.


  1. 1. Why do we crave eating out?
  2. 2. What are the health risks?
  3. 3. How much is it really costing us?

 Transition: Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, McDonalnds, Burger King…. Which one are you craving today?


  1. A food scientist Steven Witherly has spent 20 years studying what makes certain foods more addictive than others. According to Witherly, there are two factors that make you crave more.1st main factor is the Sensation of eating food
  1. Taste, smell and how it feels in your mouth.
    Food companies will spend millions of dollars to discover the most satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip or the perfect amount of fizz in a soda.
  1. 2nd main factor is the macronutrient makeup of the food.
  2. blend of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates

*combine these factors and what you get is your cravings of food. How they are making this processed fast food is making us salivate more which means its hitting all of our taste buds. They are also doing something that’s called vanishing caloric density which means its melting in our mouth making our brain feel like we are not full and for us to want to eat more of it. It has been known that if you exercise a lot of the time you find yourself losing those cravings and wanting to eat healthier.

Transition: Which ever fast food chain you were craving let me remind you of this. Sharon Theorin, writer of statistics health risks of eating fast food quotes:

        “In 1970, there were about 30,000 fast-food restaurants in the United States; that number increased to 222,000 by 2001.”

  1. What kind of health risks it’s the 222,000 fast food restaurants causing us to have because of the way they have made us crave their food?
  2. Heart disease

              1.Fast food has a alot of salt and fat which can cause obesity and high blood pressure which causes Heart disease.

  1. The American Heart Association tells us that: “In 2010, 36.9 percent of Americans had heart disease, a number the American Heart Association projects will climb to 40.5 percent by the year 2030.”
  1. Weight Gain
  2. January 2004 a study commissioned by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  3. gain 10lbs a week by eating out twice
  4. Being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease and other health conditions. Insulin resistance can lead to diabetes, which can also cause heart disease.
  1. DEATH
  2. The US Department of Health and Human Services discovered that the combination of a poor diet and a lack of physical activity causes 310,000 to 580,000 deaths every year. These numbers are significantly higher than deaths caused either by guns or drug use.

Transition: If the health risks and the possibility of death didn’t persuade you then maybe the amount of money you could save will.

  • How much money are you blowing on eating out instead of making your own lunch or dinner?
  1. Eat out and pay 20 dollars. Eat at home and pay 8 dollars you choose.
  1. Noelia whom wrote the article “Blowing your money on eating out” states “On average, buying l unch every day costs workers nearly $2,000 per year”
  1. Oreiccho who worked at modera wealth management states one of his clients realized how much he was spending a year on fast food and changed his lifestyle to packing his own lunch and saved $2500 a year.
  2. Why are we spending this much money on food.   I believe we don’t realized how much we are really spending every year on food because we just think oh 5 bucks here or 10 bucks there isn’t very much.
  3. personal story: Calculating how much my husband was spending a week in buy fast food.

Conclusion: Eating out isn’t always avoidable but more the half the time we could avoid it by not being lazy, making our own lunch and eating healthier.   The money alone that we could be saving to buy us something else is a good incentive but if you need a better incentive then think about how their making us crave that food and what the health risks will be if we continue.