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Im_always_right
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pcmbrown
Pro (for)
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27 Points

Is media to blame....?

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Im_always_right
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/31/2009 Category: Health
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Im_always_right

Con

I believe the media is NOT to blame for children having obesity problems. I believe it comes from the parents allowing children to eat foods that are not healthy.
pcmbrown

Pro

My opponent states that mass media is NOT to blame for America's juvenile obesity epidemic. She argues instead, that parents are to blame. However, these two statements are not mutually exclusive. Parental negligence, and mass media, can both be credited with the obesity problem that America faces today. Therefore, my burden is to demonstrate some correlation between mass media and obesity.

1. Mass media includes advertising for fast food and junk food. Obviously, greater advertising directed at children results in greater desire for the advertised product among children. Thus, younger children will pressure their parents to purchase this product, and older children will purchase it themselves. This leads to greater rates of childhood obesity.
http://chd.sagepub.com...

2. This advertising is also directed at adults. Adults, when presented with said advertising, become influenced to purchase the advertised product. As adults provide their children with food, advertising directly influences the child's diet, typically in a negative manner. Mass media contributes to parental negligence, the problem which my opponent blames for the obesity epidemic.

3. The media leads to more sedentary lifestyles. Mass media includes television programming and video games. Its evident that greater use of these results in higher obesity rates. Further, media is used to market these programs and products, resulting in a vicious cycle.
http://www.mediafamily.org...

Thanks for posting.
Debate Round No. 1
Im_always_right

Con

The media is not to blame for the obesity problem, because the parents are the ones who buy into it. After that the children like non-healthy foods, that add to the problem. As the children get older they buy the same things for themselves, making it their own fault.

If there werent commercials kids would still know what it was, the parents are guilty for buying it.

Though there may be the desire, it does not mean that the parents HAVE to buy it, therefore once again placing the fault on the parents.

If parents would just say no to the pressure to buy things just because it looks good, we would be healthier.
pcmbrown

Pro

"Though there may be the desire, it does not mean that the parents HAVE to buy it" Advertising contributes to this desire, such is the principle of advertising. Ergo, media contributes to parental negligence, the problem which my opponent blames.

There is a causal relationship between media and obesity. I have shown this, and my opponent has not touched on any of my points. I concur that parental negligence contributes to obesity, but the media does as well. Remember, I must only demonstrate that media contributes to the obesity epidemic, not that it is entirely at fault. Since my opponent has dropped all 3 of my points, the resolution is upheld.
Debate Round No. 2
Im_always_right

Con

The desire would be there if advertisment was not. It is the parents fault for giving in.us
pcmbrown

Pro

The desire would be there if advertisement was not. It is the parents fault for giving in.us" Advertising increases desire, that being the purpose of advertising. Hence, media shoulders some of the blame. This point has not been successfully. Further, the sedentary lifestyles point, itself sufficient to affirm the resolution, has not been refuted in any way.

Thanks for the debate, thanks for reading, and vote Pro.
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