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behappy_love
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NDECD1441
Pro (for)

Children should be allowed to go on diets

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Started: 8/7/2017 Category: Health
Updated: 5 months ago Status: Debating Period
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behappy_love

Con

I think that children should not be allowed to go on diets because the children might get undersized than normal.
Obese adults has to go on diets. But the problem gets a little complicated when you change the subject into a kid. Foods contain nutritions, fats, cholesterol, vitamins, and more, which help your body be balanced. But, if you limit these things and not make your children eat fats, they would get undersized than their age. They won't be able to act naturally, and also will have problems within it.
Do you still agree?
NDECD1441

Pro

Hello and I accept this debate.

The motion is whether or not children should be allowed to go on diets and as government, I whole-heartedly agree. Let's notice a word in the topic, "allow". My stance is that children should be allowed to choose whether or not they want a diet and the choice should be respected.

Burden of proof:
The government (pro, if you want) side adknowledges two things that both sides have to prove. Pro side has to prove that the children nowadays have more and more of a need for a diet and that the choice of the children are worth and Con has to prove that the choices of children do not matter and that children in the status quo do not need a diet.

Setup:
Western Liberal Democracies,
Problem statement: Many children in the US are now obese and diets are now an ideal way to solve them. If it hadn't been this serious, we wouldn't be debating this however, we are.
Mechanism: Allow kids to choose whether or not they want to diet up to a certain extent.

Points: I have 2 points. Number one is the status quo and necessity and number two is freedom of choice.

Necessity:
According to www.heart.org, about 1 in 3 american children are now obese. The presence of obesity in many kids and teens have more that tripled from 1971 to 2011. It has been growing more gradually nowadays because of terrible eating managements and midnight raids on the fridge. We need a way to stop this threat now. Exercise won't work as now, alot of kids and teens are replacing the outdoors with the worlds within the arts of technology. Alot of people, even adults, are now neglecting their exercise therefore proving the alternative invalid. Therefore, we need to cut some of the food they consume so they actually can become healthier.

Freedom of choice:
We all have many rights. The right to live, drink, move, breathe and eat. However, a very significant right is the right to choose. With this right, we can choose whether or not we want a diet. We are not saying we want dieting to be compulsory. We are saying that we will respect the child's choice up to a certain extent. If you are too skinny, no diet. If you are obese, you definitely need a diet however if you are in the middle, you are free to choose whether or not you want a diet. What we want is that we respect the person's choices but not neglect his/her health either. Note that "allow" does not mean make compulsory and therfore we make our stance. If you want to control the choices on how the person eats, you might as well control the choices on everything he/she does. Then the chance that the child will sense the feeling of restriction and it will lead to psychological problems. Not guaranteed don't get me wrong, but it is a chance and a chance enough.

Conclusion:
Overall, I have proved to you the way a choice needs to be respected and the emergency on the need of diets via status quo. I await con to prove his part and I wish him/her good luck.
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Posted by collegestudent1 4 months ago
collegestudent1
Behappy_love, we both want the same thing. We each care about the welfare of children and want kids to have a healthy and happy childhood. I agree that most kids should not diet as it can cause currently healthy children to become underweight, however I disagree with the idea that children should not have diets in all circumstances. Healthy diets and exercise routines should be given to obese children to help combat health problems caused by obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6"19) has obesity." Childhood obesity has become an epidemic bringing along not only excess body fat, but a slew of potential chronic health conditions like sleep apnea, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and even risk factors for heart disease. Our children shouldn't"t deal with health problems like this when they are growing up if it can be prevented. With a healthy diet and exercise, children who struggle with weight can lose excess body fat and maintain a healthy weight which is important for them to have an active and social childhood. Kids who are obese typically have less energy and can"t be active which can lead to them becoming outcasts from the other kids who are normal weight. Unfortunately, children who are obese are more likely to be bullied and made an outcast. I had a friend in elementary school who was obese and because of it he had asthma and couldn't"t do the activities like tag, using the monkey bars, or even play kickball. It hurt him that he could not do the activities his friends could and because of his weight he was bullied and became depressed. Luckily, his parents noticed and put him on a diet and on a soccer team over the summer and by the next year in middle school he was a normal weight, his asthma got better, and the bullying faded away. Ultimately, being a kid and growing up is hard enough, let"s not make it any harder for them and keep them healthy.
Posted by collegestudent1 4 months ago
collegestudent1
Behappy_love, we both want the same thing. We each care about the welfare of children and want kids to have a healthy and happy childhood. I agree that most kids should not diet as it can cause currently healthy children to become underweight, however I disagree with the idea that children should not have diets in all circumstances. Healthy diets and exercise routines should be given to obese children to help combat health problems caused by obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6"19) has obesity." Childhood obesity has become an epidemic bringing along not only excess body fat, but a slew of potential chronic health conditions like sleep apnea, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and even risk factors for heart disease. Our children shouldn't"t deal with health problems like this when they are growing up if it can be prevented. With a healthy diet and exercise, children who struggle with weight can lose excess body fat and maintain a healthy weight which is important for them to have an active and social childhood. Kids who are obese typically have less energy and can"t be active which can lead to them becoming outcasts from the other kids who are normal weight. Unfortunately, children who are obese are more likely to be bullied and made an outcast. I had a friend in elementary school who was obese and because of it he had asthma and couldn't"t do the activities like tag, using the monkey bars, or even play kickball. It hurt him that he could not do the activities his friends could and because of his weight he was bullied and became depressed. Luckily, his parents noticed and put him on a diet and on a soccer team over the summer and by the next year in middle school he was a normal weight, his asthma got better, and the bullying faded away. Ultimately, being a kid and growing up is hard enough, let"s not make it any harder for them and keep them healthy.
Posted by NDECD1441 5 months ago
NDECD1441
Sources: http://www.heart.org...
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