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Educational Programs Will Decrease the Amount of People With Eating Disorders

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Started: 5/11/2015 Category: People
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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HollyHos

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In order to decrease the amount of women and men affected by an eating disorder by providing adolescents with healthier role models in the media and a better understanding of healthy eating habits through parental support and educational programs instituted in the school system. Eating disorders are extremely prevalent in our society, millions of young men and women are diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia, and millions more are too ashamed to ask for help (Hazen 212). One of the most known types of eating disorder is anorexia nervosa. People with this disorder usually have an abnormally low body weight, fear of gaining weight, and usually a distorted perception of healthy weight. Anorexia usually is not really about the intense desire to be thin, but a deeper emotional problem is often below the surface that equates thinness to self worth. As members of this society we need to change the way we teach our children about food and healthy eating. Rather than teaching our children to eat for pleasure or out of boredom, we need to teach them to eat to nourish their bodies in a healthy way. Providing educational classes where students in middle school and high school learn about how amazing the body is, and how unhealthy eating disorders are will decrease the amount of adolescents with eating disorders.
ZenithOfPi

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Hello.
I negate: educational programs will decrease the amount of people with eating disorders.

You cannot force a student to take a health class. There are a fixed number of classes or periods a day; one of those has to go out the window to make space for a new program. Otherwise, if it is optional and outside of the school day, only a handful of people will go, and therefore the population will receive only minimal benefits from these programs and therefore only an infinitesimal chance of decreasing eating disorder cases.

Programs will not go deep enough to persuade someone out of their own, conceived idea about the world and society. A professor sitting at a mahogany desk in a musty room will not personally relate and therefore hold no great importance to the student. According to NEDA, one way to prevent eating disorders is to "discourage the idea that a particular diet, weight, or body size will automatically lead to happiness and fulfillment." The best people to deliver this persuasion, therefore, is not a stranger in a suit, but rather someone close; family or friends.

Almost all of my opponent's arguments are centralized around the opinion that teaching children about food and healthy eating would prevent eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. However, if you think about it more carefully, this is illogical. Not only the problem of where the funding for such education would come from, but the very idea itself. Teaching children about the food pyramid and that carrots are healthy does not do any good towards eating disorders. Eating disorders like anorexia are based off the idea that gaining weight is bad. Programs will do very minimal good; educational programs are not known for their superiority in dispelling tightly held ideas. Only a trusted source might be able to do that. Take an example: do educational programs help autism? Do educational programs change the way the autistic perceive the world? The answer is no. Another example: If you were in physics class and you decided that a certain solution was completely wrong, that your ideas completely trump it, you might raise your hand to attempt discrepancies. But what happens when the instructor does not understand your ideas? You get embarrassed quickly after trying to explain yourself and sink into subdued silence, still tightly holding onto your ideas and instead of absorbing the new ideas, are viewing them with hostility.

I have completely refuted my opponent's arguments. In short, educational programs only benefit minimally, because of teaching discrepancies and the trust students place into strangers in suits. Trusted sources like family and friends are way more likely to make a positive impact.

For all these reasons, I urge a NEGATIVE/CON vote.
Thank you.
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