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A Bill to Ban Toys at Fast Food Restaurants

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/7/2010 Category: Health
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 2,502 times Debate No: 13302
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jdjrokr

Pro

WHEREAS there is an epidemic of obesity in our youth, and
WHEREAS fast food consumption may contribute to obesity,
BE IT ENACTED that the US ban free toy giveaways and promotions at fast food restaurants.

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negrodamus

Con

I negate the resolution.

My opponent believes that children will not want to eat at fast food restaurants if we end free toy giveaways; kids like toys, and placing them in their meals gives them extra incentive to pester their parents for fast food. However, my opponent's plan is flawed for two reasons;

Contention 1:
My opponents plan only ends "free" toy giveaways, which still allows fast food restaurants to sell toys along with children's meals. Considering fast food toys are produced by countries like China-- which devalues their currency to keep the prices of their product's artificially low--are produced for a massive economy of scale, and made out of cheap substances, it is safe to say that the fast food companies could sell the toys along with the children's meals for a low price parents would find negligible. If anything, the pro's plan would create more child hood obesity; according to Eric Scholosser in his book Fast Food Nation, McDonalds spends more on advertising than any other company on Earth; since hawking toys along with children's meals would increase the profit margins of fast food company's, fast food vendors would invest the influx of cash into advertising-- which would attract more children to fast food restaurants.

Contention 2:
Our opponent's plan does nothing to change the decision calculus which leads parents to take their children to fast food restaurants.

subpoint a)cost
According to Micheal Pollan in the book the Omnivore's Dilemnea, fast food is far cheaper today than in the past, because the mass subsidization of corn resulted in mass overproduction of corn, making it far cheaper to produce cows, chickens, sodas and the other cornerstones of a fast food meal. Pollan argues the single most important factor in purchasing food is economic; human's are rational creatures, and will seek out the food which gives them the most calories per dollar. Whether or not fast food restaurants offer toys with their meals does not alter the price of fast food-- which is the largest factor parents consider when they decide where to take their children to eat.

subpoint b)convenience
Many parents take their children out for fast food because of it's convenience. Nowhere else can a parent get food for their whole family in 10 minutes. For parents on the go, shuttling children to lacrosse practice and piano lessons, fast food is the most convenient option-- once again, whether or not fast food restaurants offer toys does nothing to alter this decision calculus.

Contention 3: Food content
Our opponent's plan does not alter fast food content. A happy meal with a toy does not contain any more or less calories and grams of fat than a happy meal without a toy. Unhealthy food is what makes children fat, not toys.
Debate Round No. 1
jdjrokr

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negrodamus

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Debate Round No. 2
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by adealornodeal 6 years ago
adealornodeal
Er, Pro forfeits, so I default to Con. My bad.
Posted by adealornodeal 6 years ago
adealornodeal
Con forfeits, so I default to pro.
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