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Curb childhood Obesity for USA

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Started: 11/26/2008 Category: Health
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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I would like to start my debate off with some statistics from:

USA Obesity Rates Reach Epidemic Proportions
>more than a third of American children, aged between six and nineteen are either overweight, or at risk of becoming obese
>58 Million Overweight; 40 Million Obese; 3 Million morbidly Obese
>Eight out of ten over 25 is Overweight
>78% of American's not meeting basic activity level recommendations

Obesity Related Diseases
>80% of type II diabetes related to obesity
>70% of Cardiovascular disease related to obesity
>42% breast and colon cancer diagnosed among obese individuals
>30% of gall bladder surgery related to obesity
>26% of obese people having high blood pressure

Childhood Obesity Running Out of Control
>New study suggests one in four overweight children is already showing early signs of type II diabetes (impaired glucose intolerance)
>Between 8% - 45% of newly diagnosed cases of childhood diabetes are type II, associated with obesity.
>Of Children diagnosed with Type II diabetes, 85% are obese
>60% already have one risk factor for heart disease
-Wellness International Network Ltd.

The United States of America Is the fattest country in the world, and obesity is becoming a rising epidemic. Children need to be more involved in school activities.
and need to eat right to stay healthy. Parents contribute to this rise in weight, they should control what their children eat, not vice versa.

This increase in School activities would cost millions of dollars, but isn't it worth it for protecting our youth?
Lunch programs are being paid by Farmers and big companies to provide their products in school. Also, companies are making millions by selling food to children that are high in saturated fats and trans fat which cause major health problems in children.

therefore, be it resolved,
>that the National School Lunch program should shift it's focus from aiding farmers to providing a nutritious lunch for students.
therefore be it resolved.
>That commercials should exlude characters (ex.Lucky Charm) that seem appealing to youngsters
>That schools should include more activities and teach children that these foods are bad for them, and should be taken in small quantities.


Well i think if we don't stop people's consummation then the USA won't be the planet of good reputations.
Debate Round No. 1


Since my opponent isn't willing to expand his thoughts about this subject, I will move onto my next argument.

Obese people are being discriminated against, and will continue to be discriminated against until they lose weight.
In a study done by researchers at Rice University, he found out that "Sales clerks tend to subtly discriminate against overweight shoppers but treat them more favorably if they perceive that the individual is trying to lose weight"
"Ten average-weight Caucasian women between the ages of 19 and 28 played the role of customer in four different scenarios: an average-weight shopper in casual attire, an average-weight shopper in professional attire, an obese shopper (the result of a size 22 obesity prosthetic worn under the clothing) in casual attire and an obese shopper in professional attire. Following a memorized script, the shoppers sought assistance with picking out a birthday gift in various stores; after each shopping experience, they filled out a questionnaire evaluating the way they were treated by the sales clerk. A tape recorder in their purse captured the conversations so that the sales clerks' tone, inflection and choice of words could be analyzed. In addition, the researchers stationed an observer in the store within hearing range of the shopper to provide a second opinion of how each interaction fared by filling out a questionnaire after each shopping experience.

Based on data from interactions in 152 stores in a large mall, the researchers found greater levels of interpersonal discrimination directed toward obese shoppers than toward average-weight shoppers. The findings were based on the observers' and customers' reports of the sales clerks' eye contact, friendliness, rudeness, smile, premature ending of the interaction, length of interaction time, and negative language and tone. Almost three-fourths of the sales clerks
were women."


Discrimination towards the obese and overweight is just one more reason why we should fight towards ending this epidemic.

Children growing up in these conditions seem to have more psychological disadvantages than those who grew up with an average weight. Children who get called names may have a hard time socializing with one another later on in life, and can cause severe damages to their personalities. As stated online at ";
"People who are morbidly obese not only have to deal with the extra weight on their bodies, but also a social stigma associated with obesity.
Clearly, the social stigma can be contributory to the onset of depression.
The findings in the study that morbidly obese people are five times more likely to be depressed than those who are not, also means that people who are morbidly obese are at a high risk for suicide."

If we increase the number of activities, and decrease the number of fattening foods obesity rates could decrease by half!


What I meant to say was I agree that obese people are being discriminating but who's fault is that? It's the fault of their surroundings. Why should we help them when people around them the majority of time is not even helping them so if you think I wouldn't expand my thoughts then you will have a long night lady
Debate Round No. 2


My opponent agrees with me that obese people are being discriminated against, that the cause IS because of their surroundings, (like I have mentioned) but he also said that we should not help them.

Sir, I would like to point out that many children are being affected by this disorder and the effects that come with it such as:
>Type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes (an autoimmune disease that results in destruction of insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas.)
>Cardiovascular disease
>Hypertension (high blood pressure)
>hypothyroidism (caused by insufficient production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.)
>Dyslipidemia (a disruption in the amount of lipids in the blood.)
>Hyperinsulinemia (where excess levels of circulating insulin are in the blood)
>Insulin resistance (the condition in which normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat, muscle and liver cells.)
>Glucose intolerance
>Congestive heart failure
>Angina pectoris
>Gout (a disease created by a build up of uric acid. In this condition, crystals of monosodium urate or uric acid are deposited on the articular cartilage of joints, tendons and surrounding tissues. These crystals cause inflammation and pain, both severe. If unchecked, the crystals form tophi, which can cause significant tissue damage. Gout results from a combination of elevated concentrations of uric acid and overall acidity in the bloodstream.)
>Fatty liver disease
>Sleep apnea and other respiratory problems
>Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
>Fertility complications
>Pregnancy complications
>Psychological disorders
>Uric acid nephrolithiasis (kidney stones)
>Stress urinary incontinence
>Cancer of the kidney, endometrium, breast, colon and rectum, esophagus, prostate and gall bladder

Not all, but most of these will result in a painful death, and sir, you stated
"Why should we help them...?"
If we don't help our children prevent these treacherous diseases and conditions, who will? Not the media! in fact, they are contributing to diseases. but that's a whole different debate for a whole different time.
Not the government- they have caused more problems than they have solved

we have to attack one of the main sources: Schools! As I stated before "schools contribute to this growing epidemic when they limit food sources to saturated fats."

We need to gather parents and school administrators and warn them of this disease that is growing before America's eyes. We need to donate money to raise awareness in health classes and we need to raise the number of Physical workouts everyday.


rex-town forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


My following evidence has come from:

I) ";
II) ";

I would like to start off talking about the causes and risk factors of Obesity in children.
then on to prevention and how to lower the obesity rate.

I) Causes of obesity:
". some genetic and hormonal causes
. most excess weight is caused by kids eating too much and exercising too little
. Children, unlike adults, need extra nutrients and calories to fuel their growth and development. So if they consume the calories needed for daily activities, growth and metabolism, they add pounds in proportion to their growth. But children who eat more calories than needed gain weight beyond what's required to support their growing bodies."

II) Risk Factors
". DIET -Regular consumption of high-calorie foods, such as fast foods, baked goods and vending machine snacks, contribute to weight gain. High-fat foods are dense in calories. Loading up on soft drinks, candy and desserts also can cause weight gain. Foods and beverages like these are high in sugar and calories.
Inactivity. Sedentary kids are more likely to gain weight because they don't burn calories through physical activity. Inactive leisure activities, such as watching television or playing video games, contribute to the problem.
. GENETICS -If your child comes from a family of overweight people, he or she may be genetically predisposed to put on excess weight, especially in an environment where high-calorie food is always available and physical activity isn't encouraged.
. PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS- Some children overeat to cope with problems or to deal with emotions, such as stress or boredom. Their parents may have similar tendencies.
Family factors. Most children don't shop for the family's groceries. Indeed, parents are responsible for putting healthy foods in the kitchen at home and leaving unhealthy foods in the store. You can't blame your kids for being attracted to sweet, salty and fatty foods; after all they taste good. But you can control much of their access to these foods, especially at home.
. SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS -Children from low-income backgrounds are at greater risk of becoming obese. Poverty and obesity often go hand in hand because low-income parents may lack the time and resources to make healthy eating and exercise a family priority."

"Childhood obesity is a costly problem for the country. It puts stress on American families. The US needs to put on an interesting series of ads encouraging children to exercise. One way for this nation to cope with the issue of obesity is to get people outside -- whether it be through sports or hiking or conservation. We should encourage parents to encourage their children to participate in the great outdoors. Healthy diet choices should also be discussed. That is one great way to get people outside."


I forfeit
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by gonovice 8 years ago
I would debate you, it seems you know what you're doing but, I agree with you and you have a million resolutions.
Posted by RoyLatham 8 years ago
What is it you want to debate? Is it "Resolved: Obesity is a bad thing." Or what?
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