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Fast food should be banned in the U.S!

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Started: 5/1/2018 Category: Health
Updated: 2 months ago Status: Voting Period
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SD22

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Banning fast food in the U.S will decrease the rate of obesity in America. 60% of Americans are overweight and obese which leads to health risks such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, various types of cancer, headaches, gall stones, depression, asthma, and lower back pain. According to an article published on July 20, 2012, Deirdre Imus from Fox News stated "If fast food advertisement towards kids was limited it would lower childhood obesity rates". With this being said, we can see how the fast food industry is being promoted by advertisements which are affecting children by letting them think it is okay to eat fast food.Fast food is highly processed and contains carbohydrates with no fiber which can take a tole on the cardiovascular, digestive system nervous system,reproductive system, skeletal system, as well as the respiratory system. According to an article published by health line "today, more than 2 in 3 adults are considered overweight or obese. More than one-third of children ages 6 to 19 are also considered overweight or obese. The growth of fast food in America seems to coincide with the growth of obesity in the United States. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) reports that the number of fast food restaurants in America has doubled since 1970. The number of obese Americans has also double".
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Mgomez225

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Fast food in the US has its advantages and people should realize it helps low income people save a lot of money because it is a cheaper alternative, saves time with busy people, and although fast food has its reputation of not being healthy but there are healthier options. Buying fast food is much cheaper than buying and preparing a meal. While buying many ingredients can come at a cost buying a meal at a fast food restaurant will save a lot of money. According to Anne Pinol editor of "Fast Food Survey: Most Costumers Choose Fast Food for Convince " states that "There are a few different reasons people might choose to eat fast food. 67% said they eat fast food because it"s convenient. 32% said they eat it because it"s cheap. 31% said they just like eating fast food. 13% said they have a lack of other options. And 6% cited other reasons for eating fast food, such as having coupons or going to eat with friends"(Pinol). People in the US should reconsider to fast food for being cheap for those how can not spend much money on home made meals. Research found about 5.2% of the US alone eat at fast food restaurants so there is no reason to banned them when people rely on them.
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Debate Round No. 1
SD22

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Though my opponent stated that fast food is affordable for low income people and helps them save a lot of money and time, the cost of fast food can be deceiving. According to an article done on Vittana.org,"Value meals seem like they provide a cost benefit, they really do not compare to the cost of a home-cooked meal. At the low-end of the average price estimate, a home-cooked meal will save the average household $2 per serving compared to a fast food meal. For a family of 4, just eating at home once per week more often than they previously do could result in an average savings of $416. For larger families, the average savings is even higher. That shows the savings of a fast food meal can sometimes be deceptive". As well as the low income people can not afford the healthier options that fast food does offer. According to Vitana.org, ABC News compared salads that are served at McDonald"s with the burgers that are on their menu. If you ate a chicken salad with creamy Caesar dressing and croutons, you"d be consuming 390 calories and over 1,300mg of sodium with 26 grams of fat. A double hamburger at McDonald"s contains 65 more calories, but 3 fewer grams of fat. As well as the food quality is lower at fast food restaurants. Fast food goes through a bulk production process. This tends to lower the overall quality of the food that is being produced. Many quick service restaurants use frozen foods that can be quickly heated or cooked to provide faster speeds. Long-term storage is often required to keep prices low, which limits fresh meats and organic vegetables. Furthermore, one meal from a fast food restaurant can consume a persons recommended daily calorie intake. With this being said, fast food should be banned in the U.S due to the so called "healthy"options not being cheap and affordable to low income people as well as fast food not being healthy to society and all the dangerous health affects that comes with fast food which I stated above. Some flaws that my opponent has is that the website she gave can not be opened on Safari which doesn't allow me to see if the source that was used for the information is credible or not.
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Mgomez225

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People in the United States are constantly moving and have no time to cook at home so they rely on fast food restaurants . For instance, an article by allaboutmanners Fast food- Advantages and Disadvantages states, " There is very low or no waiting period. Food is usually prepared in matter of minutes and you can be on your way"(Allaboutmanners). People should realize that others with busy schedules need to eat even if it's not home-made. researchers found out about 25 working mothers and 25 working fathers eat out due to their working circumstances. So not only do busy workers rely on fast food but also their kids.
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Debate Round No. 2
SD22

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Though my opponent stated that people in the United States are constantly moving and have no time to cook at home so they rely on fast food, I strongly disagree due to there being various ways to eat healthy such as meal prepping the day before or taking healthy snacks or lunch. Yes, fast food is quick and cheap but your life and health are more important than money. According to MD health, "Extra sugar and food dye is put into fast food to make it more appealing, particularly to younger viewers. Many believe that these addicting ingredients are contributing to the growing obesity epidemic' "Most of the food additives and preservatives have negative effects on the body. One of the harmful ingredients is carcinogenics that can even cause cancer". "Fast food is often filled with ingredients such as soya, salt, cheese or mayonnaise and is often deep fried, which adds a lot of extra calories without adding any additional nutrition. Given the high amount of calories, it will take a significant amount of exercise to burn off the calories you take in. For example, it would take 7 hours of exercise to burn off the calories in a large Coke, fries and a Big Mac from McDonalds. Consuming this high level of calories without burning them off can lead to additional health issues". "In addition to the medical disadvantages of fast food, the production and selling of junk food puts a significant negative impact on the environment. The amount of resources necessary to raise the meat for fast food products creates a shortage of resources around the world. For example, every pound of hamburger we consume takes 2500 gallons of water and 16 pounds of grain to produce, say nothing of the land needed to raise the cattle and the grains to feed them. The animals raised to make fast food meat products are often fed antibiotics and a poor diet that causes the animals to be underdeveloped. These antibiotics and growth hormones can be passed on to those who consume the meat afterward, leading to negative health effects. Some have reported growing extra breast tissue or developing damage to the immune system from eating fast food on a regular basis". According to an article published on May 05, 2018 by UCLA, "Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain," said Fernando G"mez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and physiological science who has spent years studying the effects of food, exercise and sleep on the brain. "Diet, exercise and sleep have the potential to alter our brain health and mental function. This raises the exciting possibility that changes in diet are a viable strategy for enhancing cognitive abilities, protecting the brain from damage and counteracting the effects of aging. "Excess calories can reduce the flexibility of synapses and increase the vulnerability of cells to damage by causing the formation of free radicals. Moderate caloric restriction could protect the brain by reducing oxidative damage to cellular proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, G"mez-Pinilla said". According to MSN, In 2013, the Dr Oz Show in the US claimed that soda fountains are the dirtiest places in fast food joints. This was backed up by Dr Sean O"Keefe who agreed that bacteria, germs and mold grow in environments rich in sugar, ice and air. This makes hard-to-clean soda fountains veritable breeding grounds for food poisoning. According to Eat This ,Not That "The high calories in fast food are accompanied by low nutritional content. Too much of that, and your body will begin to lack the necessary nutrients it needs to function properly. "Your body is temporarily full with empty foods that don"t provide nourishment, so even though you may have eaten a lot of calories, you won"t be satisfied for long," says Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Real Nutrition NYC. According to an article published by Physcology Today, "We hold this truth to be self-evident: that Americans are seeing their waistlines expanding more than ever, with no known end to our increasing girth. The stereotype of the fat American has been reduced to a punch line the world over, disguising the dire statistics that this country leads regarding obesity and threat to national healthcare and overall quality of life. We are the fattest industrialized nation across the world, with 2/3 of Americans qualifying as overweight or obese. The obesity epidemic has spread to our nation"s youth, with 1 out of 3 children born in 2000 or after projected to develop type-2 diabetes across his or her lifetime". With this being said, People in the United States should be more aware of what fast food does to their body and their health. My opponent stated that society and their younger generations rely on fast food and that people should realize that others with busy schedules need to eat even if its NOT "HOME-MADE' but my opponent forgot to mention that its "NOT HEALTHY". YES, people with busy schedules need to eat due to it being a necessity of life but there are other options than Fast Food. Fast food has many disadvantages that causes major life threatening issues and with this being said FAST FOOD SHOULD BE BANNED IN THE U.S!
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Mgomez225

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In spite of fast food being unhealthy, there are healthier alternatives fast food restaurants provide. For instance, the article on USA TODAY, "Fast-food restaurants pledged to offer healthier options for kids. How have they done?" written on August 10,2017 by Sarah Toy stated,"Here"s the good news for public health advocates: In 2016, none of the chains" websites listed sugary soda and other soft drinks on the kids" menu. And online, they had all added at least one healthier drink to their kids' menus, such as juice, water or low-fat milk, and at least one healthier side dish, such as fresh fruit or yogurt."(Toy). These restaurants are not out for our health, they're simply just here to help. With healthier alternatives we don't have to fear. In, "allaboutmanners" an article written in January 27, 2014, they claim, "Just about every fast food restaurant offers some kind of healthy alternatives today. Whether it"s grilled chicken sandwiches, wraps, or salads, there is usually something for everyone.One thing to keep in mind is that healthier options generally tend to be a little more expensive. But because it is fast food, you are still going to save money over homemade foods."(ALLABOUTMANNERS"). In conclusion fast food restaurants should not be banned in the US due to it being saving people money,time, and also being a bit more healthy.
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