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Abbyward1
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CJKAllstar
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Fast Food Restaurants and Obesity

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/21/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Abbyward1

Pro

Are we taking it to far for blaming fast food restaurants, like McDonald's, for obesity? When is it the individuals fault and when is it the restaurants fault?

If we are talking about obesity, I believe it is the individual who is consuming the food who is to blame. Many people if not all people know that fast food is bad food for one's health. If they don't know it is bad for one's health, almost all people are aware that fast food is not the healthiest food choice. McDonald's do not shove happy meals down people's throats. Everyone has free will and the individual is making the decision to eat unhealthy food. The only one to blame is the individual making the unhealthy choice.
CJKAllstar

Con

Firstly, I would like to clarify the resolution. You are arguing that obesity is not caused by fast foods. I am against that resolution. And here are my arguments why:
Premise
Obesity and restaurant density have increased on the same trajectory.
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Firstly, my premise is that there is a correlation between fast foods and obesity.


There is a correlation, which is irrefutable. Alabama for example has 32.3% of people who are obese and is the second fattest state in America. Unsurprisingly, 44% of food eateries are fast food joints and 60% spend their dining out budget on fast foods. There is a correlation. In Mexico, the first fast food restaurant opened in 1985, and since then the average man has gained 15 pounds. The correlation is strong and impregnable. And it is the fault of fast food restaurants for a variety of reasons.

I. Fast Food Restaurants are the Cheaper Option

The selling point of fast foods is their price. Considering the 2008 recession had slowed the economy, people want the cheaper option. They will always go for the cheaper option and this is obvious. Fast foods do this on purpose to drive the traffic needed. It is not the fault with the people, they want to save money in times of economic turmoil, and fast foods. It is unsurprising that McDonald's had a 3.8% comparable sales growth. They offer cheap food which people will succumb to.

II. Fast Foods are the Easier Option

This point is simple. Fast foods offers service quickly. People can eat without hassle. The amount of effort which is needed into making food is nullified by fast foods. This is what we see in Chile, where since 1989 people have been getting fatter as a result of fast foods.

III. Fast Foods are the Popular Option

Fast foods are advertised well. McDonald's is recognisable to 94% of the entire population. The correct amount of advertising and promotion make McDonald's seem like the exclusive option. Even with the price, the popularity of it and its presence gives it the impression that it is worth buying and worth eating. And with a price that cheap, who wouldn't.

IV. All of These are the Fault of Fast Food Chains

Easy, cheap, popular and tasty is the selling point of fast food chains. It is the advertising, price and business strategies set by the companies to make people want to eat their products. That is how business works, and people do. Even with discretion they are pressured by advertising and economic problems. This is why people are becoming more obese. It may be their choice, but when it is still tasty, allows them to save more money and is popular and will not fail, they cannot help but buy fast foods. It is schematic business that has driven obesity forward and the facts are there to prove it, and reasons why obvious.

Sources:
http://www.businessinsider.com...
http://www.health.com...
http://www.allproudamericans.com...
http://healthynorthcoast.org.au...
http://ucanr.edu...
http://www.nj.com...
Debate Round No. 1
Abbyward1

Pro

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CJKAllstar

Con

I withhold my arguments until a response from Pro.
Debate Round No. 2
Abbyward1

Pro

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CJKAllstar

Con

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Reasons for voting decision: Well done Con, good arguments. Pro forfeits so conduct points to Con. Sources to Con as well. It could have been a fun debate to try show correlation versus causation, but Pro bailed.
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