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grecomsc2014
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Fast Food -- Why it is Needed.

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Started: 11/11/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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LDESAULNIERSNHS

Pro

Fast Food has become the new enemy and for all the wrong reasons. There is no way we should ban fast food, or even demonize it, as it serves a beneficial role in our society. For one, there are times when FAST FOOD is just the point. Between classes, sport's or music events, and sometimes jobs, the ideal food is fast food.
grecomsc2014

Con

I believe that fast food should cost more than healthy food. Fast food is extremely harmful to peoples' health, therefore it should be discouraged from people buying it. Since it is so inexpensive, though, people are more prone to buying it. Fast food is the culprit to America's obese society today. Many of these restaurants' food is loaded with fat, sugar and sodium. If that's not bad enough, the portions are huge, which makes the content of fat, sugar, and sodium even worse.These foods can increase peoples' blood pressure, make people gain excess fat, and lead to diabetes and heart attacks. If prices on fast food items were higher, people might think twice about getting a unhealthy meal and go to the super market instead.
Debate Round No. 1
LDESAULNIERSNHS

Pro

I appreciate your concern for the evident obesity epidemic in this country. However, raising the price of fast food is not the solution. Better educating the public about health concerns, as well as making organic food more affordable, provides a more reasonable response to such issues. It would also be helpful to know how you would implement such a plan. Who raises the price on fast food? Are we looking to legislate healthy behavior? Fast food choices exist in European countries without the same impact on health. It is up to the consumer to not only learn about healthy choices, but make them for themselves and their families.
grecomsc2014

Con

Fast Food is costing the United States far more than healthy, organic food does. Some people complain that healthy food is more expensive than fast food. In reality though, fast food is costing the country millions of dollars more than healthy. People who are obese, have diabetes, high blood pressure and much more are results of eating harmful, unhealthy food such as fast food. The United States are spending millions of dollars on health care for hundreds of thousands of people across the US. Many people are sick from these foods because they contain many trans fats, sugars, sodium, and artificial ingredients. The food is just unnatural and unhealthy for any person to consume. If people would eat healthier, the country's debt would go down significantly.Millions of people would become healthier and happier. They wouldn't have to worry about taking medications for their sickness. Therefore, the country wouldn't have to spend millions of dollars on people who are obese and diabetic from eating fast food.
Debate Round No. 2
LDESAULNIERSNHS

Pro

You make an excellent point about the long term effects of fast food. However, it is still a matter of lifestyle choice. Fast food is designed to offer delicious, tasty food in an expedient manner. Those who choose to make this their main source of nutrition are a fault for making poor dietary decisions. As alluring as the low-cost food may be, there are viable alternatives. Whole grain rice and legumes offer variety and necessary nutrients. Demonizing fast food as costing more contradicts the obvious: this form of food is readily available, generally inexpensive, and trusts the consumer to make an informed choice. An example of this is the dietary guidelines that accompany such food, whether in the packaging or on the menu board.
grecomsc2014

Con

Some healthy foods may be cheap, but it doesn't take away the fact that fast food should be more expensive. One of the reasons fast food is so inexpensive is that it is loaded with artificial ingredients that cost companies next to nothing. The major problem with these artificial ingredients is that they are highly addictive. Why do you think so many people come again and again to places like McDonald's and Burger King? It is because they are literally addicted to the food. Ingredients such as casein are added to French fries, buns, milk shakes, desserts, creamy salad dressings, whipped toppings, sausages, and more. Casein is created by adding calcium hydrogen phosphate to concentrated milk solids. It is the addictive ingredient in cheese and other foods int the fast food industry. Other harmful ingredients such as MSG can hide low quality food with flavor. Many people across the nation don't realize how harmful fast food really is for their body.
Debate Round No. 3
LDESAULNIERSNHS

Pro

Again, you bring up a central issue in this debate -- accountability. If most Americans still fail to realized fast food is unhealthy, I don't see how this provides a valid reason for increasing its cost. I honestly doubt most Americans believe a Big Mac is a healthy meal choice. Raising the prices will not change this fact. Better to raise awareness and let consumers make informed decisions. Also, even fast food restaurants have provided healthy alternatives. At McDonald's, for example, kid's happy meals come with booklets providing nutritional information. Just like the exposure of pink meat has resulted in its removal, as has the eliminating of trans fats (with a final complete reduction in the near future), the use of additives will only change when consumers demand it does. No one is forcing those Big Macs and super-sized meals on anyone.
grecomsc2014

Con

Although Big Macs and fast food are not "forced" on people, it doesn't change the fact that they are addicted to the food. Selling it inexpensively doesn't help the consumer. Fast food is very tempting because of the low prices, the convenience, and the additives. The problem with it is it is so unhealthy and is killing Americans every year with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and more. They eat it way too often, and eat extremely large portions. The food is so far from nutritious that people do not get full from it very easily. They have to eat more and more of it. That is why so many people are obese and have sicknesses. They eat too much of the fast food, and they can't digest all the fats, sugars, sodium, and harsh additives.
Debate Round No. 4
LDESAULNIERSNHS

Pro

I agree this is a serious health problem in America, especially when it comes to the obesity rates in children. Nevertheless, just like Prohibition did not end alcohol consumption, neither will raising the cost of fast food result in alleviating the problems associated with obesity. The better solution is to educate people about healthy eating, continue to offer better choices of food (as many fast food restaurants are doing), and end the cycle of food addiction with informative and engaging public service announcements.
grecomsc2014

Con

I agree with you in that we need to educate the people about the harm it does to one's health. The problem is, there have already been countless news stories, speeches, articles, television shows, and more dedicated to educating people of the unhealthy affects of fast food and its addiction it has on people. In spite of this, many people still choose not to listen. They still decide to keep coming back to their favorite fast food restaurant. They feel like they need it. The problem with this society is that people already know of the harmful affects of fast food, they just choose not to eat healthy.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by gardellamsc2014 3 years ago
gardellamsc2014
The price of fast food should be raised to lower the obesity rating. although people are busy health should be more important in my opinion.
Posted by Blaismsc2014 3 years ago
Blaismsc2014
Fast food is almost a necessity at this point. People are running around don't have time to sit and eat. Fast food, especially Dunkin in the morning is a key to peoples day. Without fast food, the world wouldn't run the same.
Posted by Haleymsc2014 3 years ago
Haleymsc2014
Fast food is needed...what happens when you want food, but don't have any time to stop? You get fast food.
Posted by LDESAULNIERSNHS 3 years ago
LDESAULNIERSNHS
Regarding the comment 'why it's needed," -- true, needed suggests necessity. However, as noted in the context of the debate, fast food is 'needed' in society for the same reasons many other such indulgences/ guilty pleasures are 'needed'. This applies to alcoholic beverages, chick flicks (sorry for the label), and chocolate -- none are 'needed' but that doesn't mean they don't serve a purpose. In moderation, of course.
Posted by anthesmsc2014 3 years ago
anthesmsc2014
I do agree that fast food does not have the impact in other countries as it does in America. This though is for different reasons. Fast Food restaurants in other countries do not always offer the same food or are made of the same ingredients as in America. This being said fast food as good and convenient as it is should not be needed. It is just a "nice" thing to have.
Posted by bordierimsc2014 3 years ago
bordierimsc2014
Fast food could be a good thing because as said in the argument, it is meant its name of being fast. Fast food is not necessarily 'needed', like stated in the title of this debate. But I do not agree with the con side that fast food is harmful. It is only harmful for those who eat it in excessive amounts, but not everyone does this.
Posted by DudeStop 3 years ago
DudeStop
Fast food is loved because it is fast... However, it is in no way NEEDED to allow our society to function. It takes a shorter amount of time, it is healthier, and it is cheaper to simply make yourself a sandwich with let's say ham and lettuce .

Pro has made a claim here. He/ or she must provide actual evidence as to why we need fast food.
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