Talon Talk – Nicole Dziekciowski

My Ted Talk is called “Why You’re Body Size is Natural” and it’s all about how metabolism works around fat. I have been very interested in this topic for a while, and I’m very excited to share it with you.

A quick warning:

The information in this video can be sensitive to people who might be struggling or have struggled with eating disorders.

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6 thoughts on “Talon Talk – Nicole Dziekciowski

  1. Your topic was relevant to day’s world as well as informative. I think that this sort of information should be addressed as common curriculum, as we live in an era where there is such a wide gap between what bodies are expected to look like and what they really do. One suggestion I have is to keep the chart up at the beginning for a few seconds longer so viewers can get a better look. I especially liked your closing statement about how people use metabolism as “currency”.

    • Thank you for your feedback. I definitely agree that this type of information should be more addressed. Not only should this be a message in schools, it should also be a message spread on social media. Social media is a huge platform that everyone uses (especially youth), therefore spreading a small message could go a very long way. I believe that we all have a job to educate others on not only this topic, but other topics that could better our society.

  2. Not only did your video balance the social standards of “health” with the actual science behind metabolism, but you spoke with confidence and intelligence and furthermore made it very understandable.
    As an athlete, I am always trying to be as healthy as I can. I often struggle with knowing what to eat after practices and work out sessions, so my question to you is… after a workout, what does my body need and more importantly, in what foods can I get it?

    • Thanks for your question! However, the answer relies on when you eat and when you workout. Fruit shouldn’t be eaten after 4 pm (since it takes your body a while to digest sugars completely). A snack with carbohydrates and protein should be eaten before a workout since they can give you lots of energy. You don’t have to eat a huge meal automatically after a workout, but eating something soon after is important. Something light, yet filling and low in sugar is best. Something like a chicken breast, boiled veggies, brown rice, potatoes etc. can “compliment” your workout. However, don’t be afraid to indulge and eat a piece of cake once in a while :)

  3. Your hook was fantastic, and you kept a consistent theme brought up there for the rest of your talk. I really liked how in every argument you had as to why your body size was natural, you first addressed the science behind it, then how it relates to everyday life. This is crucial to getting people to believe and understand you, as if you present the whole, body size doesn’t matter argument, then back it up with science, a lot of people with assume that you want to get a point across, and you are only using science last minute to try and convince people. Your overall talk was just amazing, and able to keep me engaged and wanting to know more about this. The way you presented it made you seem like a scientist that found out why body size is natural, and try to inform everyone in a simple way for them to understand, without forcing this belief on everyone. Overall you captured the essence of a ted talk, trying to get people engaged and curious to you topic, and changing people’s minds about things they might have never thought about. I was just curious as to how you said that your fat cells don’t increase in numbers, and instead grow in size. What happens if your still growing, will your fat cells increase in numbers, and if some of them die off, will they be replaced? Overall a really well done ted talk that had a perfect balance of information, concepts, mindsets and connections.

  4. Great talk, Nicole! This video was especially interesting since you maintained a conversational tone throughout, which kept my interest. I really liked how you included personal anecdotes (such as the conversation with your parents at the beginning; I thought that was an excellent hook) as well as lots of statistics and facts. The graphics for this video were also highly appropriate; they were simplistic yet brought the points across. Overall, this was a super informative and interesting video I enjoyed watching. Question: how can physical disabilities in the digestive systems contribute to metabolism?

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