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Junk foods should be banned at schools whatsoever.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/15/2009 Category: Education
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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orsan

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i will let the con side start
TheSkeptic

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I thank my opponent for creating this open debate - I actually had a discussion a few hours ago before seeing this debate, so it was almost by whim that I clicked "accept".

Since my opponent has failed to define schools, and junk food, I will do so for him (with good intentions, of course:

Schools will refer to public schools, which are "elementary or secondary schools in the United States supported by public funds and providing free education for children of a community or district.[1]" Junk food is a tricky and somewhat vague term, but it will refer to "foods with limited nutritional value... [that] would include foods that are high in salt, sugar, fat or calories and low nutrient content. Salted snack foods, candy, gum, most sweet desserts, fried fast food and carbonated beverages are some of the major junk foods. Generally, they offer little in terms of protein, vitamins or minerals and lots of calories from sugar or fat. The term "empty calories" reflects the lack of nutrients".[2]"

My argument is very simple. Since public schools are owned by the government, then any moral obligations the government has should follow through with their handling of public schools - namely the dietary options available to pre-college students. I'll argue that the government's job is not to babysit it's citizens and force them not to be able to eat junk food, but rather give them the option of junk food alongside healthier groups of food.

If a child decides to hurt their health with candy, then so be it. The government's role is to provide security, allocation of resources, and conflict resolution. Not babysitting.

I'll leave further arguments for next rounds, since there are so many.

---References---
1. http://www.answers.com...
2. http://www.dietitian.com...
Debate Round No. 1
orsan

Pro

The reason why i think junk foods during school hours should be banned is because 1, it may increase littering, 2, it may set the kids to be not focused in school curriculum.

if you want junk food, eat at home.
TheSkeptic

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I thank my opponent for his fast response, though lament at the brevity of it. Since there isn't much he said, I"ll quote him and respond accordingly line-by-line. As a side note, it seems my opponent has not responded to my main argument, meaning the values I presupposed in it must be taken to be true since PRO has yet to touch it. In light of this, my responses can be fueled with the same rationale:

"The reason why i think junk foods during school hours should be banned is because 1, it may increase littering,.."

----> So what if it increases littering? Not only are there trashcans and some regulations against it (both via the local government and school supervisors), but this can happen anywhere. Hell, anything with any form of packaging can be littered, and many of these items are accessible to teenagers. So I ask of you, what makes it so much special when it's located on school grounds?

"...2, it may set the kids to be not focused in school curriculum."

----> How would this happen? There barely any empirical evidence to suggest this. Most kids, except for extremely obese ones, are actually have troubles with academics due to...food, let alone junk food located in school. If they eat it during breaks and after school, then how would they not become focused in school curriculum? Do mind that most teachers forbid students from eating food in class, and even if they get away with it's ultimately the student's responsibility and burden to decide to.

"if you want junk food, eat at home."

----> Why not during school breaks? You seem to support this claim and yet have given very weak reasons for why.
Debate Round No. 2
orsan

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orsan forfeited this round.
TheSkeptic

Con

Extend my arguments to this round.
Debate Round No. 3
orsan

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orsan forfeited this round.
TheSkeptic

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Extend my arguments to this round.
Debate Round No. 4
orsan

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orsan forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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