- obesity /oh-BEE-si-tee/
- conform /kuhn-FAWRM/
- ingestion /in-JEST-shuhn/
- end result /end ri-ZUHLT/
- vague /veyg/
- infer /in-FUR/
- overeating /oh-ver-EE-ting/
[noun] the fact of being extremely fat, in a way that is dangerous for health
Eating unhealthy foods and not exercising can lead to obesity.
[verb] to behave according to the usual standards of behaviour that are expected by a group or society
It is hard for him to conform to his fiancee’s high standards in marriage.
[noun] the process of absorbing nutrients or medications into the body by eating or drinking them
Too much ingestion of alcohol may cause liver problems.
[noun] a result of a series of events or a long process
The end result of their scientific experiment about herbal medicines is a success.
[adjective] not clearly expressed or described
She gave a vague explanation of why she resigned from her job.
[verb] to reach an opinion from available information or facts
My mother inferred that I have problems in academics based on my report card.
[noun] the action of eating more food than your body needs
Overeating can be one of the signs of depression.
According to research, eating rice is recommended to fight obesity. The study was presented in Glasgow, Scotland during the European Congress on Obesity. Professor Tomoko Imai, the lead researcher from Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto, Japan said, “The observed associations suggest that the obesity rate is low in countries that eat rice as a staple food.” Studies showed that people who consume rice or conform to an Asian-style diet are less likely to stay obese compared to those living in countries where rice ingestion is low. Experts said that rice is a famous weight-loss plan; however, its end result on obesity has remained vague.
Professor Imai’s team checked an individual’s rice consumption each day in reference to grams and calorie intake from over 100 countries. They also studied the data on the body mass index. Researchers found out that an average person in the United Kingdom consumes 19 grams of rice each day, much lower compared to countries like Canada, Spain, and the U.S. However, they inferred that even if a person consumes 50 grams of rice per day, it could still help reduce the number of obese adults globally from 650 million to 643.5 million.
Professor Imai also added, “It’s possible that the fiber, nutrients and plant compounds found in whole grains may increase feelings of fullness and prevent overeating.” Moreover, the research suggests that consuming an adequate amount of rice will help control bad eating habits in contrast to the myth that rice can make you overweight.
- Based on the research, what is suggested to prevent obesity?
- Who is the lead researcher from Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto?
- Based on the article, how many grams of rice does an average person in the UK eat per day?
- In the article, which countries consume more rice than the UK?
- According to Professor Imai, what are found in whole grains that increase feelings of fullness and prevent overeating?
- In your opinion, do you agree that eating rice can help prevent obesity? Why or why not?
- What do you know about the “Asian-style diet”? Please elaborate.
- What do you think is the most effective weight-loss plan in Japan and why?
- What is the most staple food in Japan and why?
- What kinds of foods do you usually eat to keep a healthy lifestyle? Tell me more about it.