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Obesity is the main social problem in America

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Started: 2/14/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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debatemath

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In this debate I intend to discuss whether or whether not obesity is the main social problem in America. I will be arguing that obesity is the main problem, and my opponent will be arguing that it is not.
Over the last few decades, obesity has become the main social problem in America. The number of overweighed Americans has grown to an extremely large number. Children are larger than ever and the amount of adults with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in-crease every year. Also the number of Americans with diabetes has drastically changed over the years. Heart diseases are now the disease that kill most Americans each year, it even kills more Americans than cancer. I therefore believe that obesity is the main social problem in America.
Beagle_hugs

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Sorry for some of the formatting--the text editor was designed by a complete idiot so as to screw everything up if you cite two or more items together.

I thank my opponent for proposing this interesting debate. Regardless of whether obesity is the main social problem in the United States, it is a significant health problem, and deserves discussion. I will lay out my basic argument, as my opponent has.
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1. There are more fundamental threats to U.S. society than obesity. Obesity is a health condition, and may be a symptom of other social ills in the U.S., but it is not a fundamental threat to the U.S. The principles and issues that are fundamental to the U.S. include equality, opportunity, the viability of the democratic process, and similar concerns. Secondarily, the U.S. economy and posture on foreign relations (which affects trade) is fundamental to our well-being and influence. Obesity is not a serious enough problem to threaton our secondary concerns, and having prime health is not fundamental to our culture. There are other real threats to our primary and secondary concerns, and obesity remains merely a public health issue that is not existential.

2. Obesity is, in part, the consequence of more important concerns. Obesity can be thought of as, in part, a consequence of more important concerns. While attention to obesity may be helpful, it will not resolve more fundamental concerns. For instance, high stress levels and the unavailabiity of quality food, among other factors, lead to obesity among the poor. http://bit.ly... is actually declining among better-off folks, while increasing amongst the poor. http://read.bi... can easily see that impovershed regions match very well with more obese regions in the U.S.

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A rise in childhood obesity and related diseases is likely related to an increase in childhood poverty. http://cnn.it..., amongst working people, obesity is in part related to whether a worker faces shift-schedules and other work-related factors that increase stress, reduce time for exercise, and so forth. http://1.usa.gov...;

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http://onforb.es... you see here is that our economic model is a cause of obesity. Better-off folks who have the education and leisure to pursue health do, while the labor generating the capital on which the better-off sate themselves is left to less healthy indulgences. Obesity is a symptom of an economic system that puts the health of a corporation before the health of its citizens--obesity is a symptom of a more fundamental threat to our economy, equality, and opportunity. Approaching the problem of obesity as if obesity itself is the primary social concern will simply treat a symptom whilst allowing the disease to thrive.

3. "Obese" is too broad a term to allow the proponent's conclusion. Obesity is not what most people think it is. A male of average height who weighs a bit over 200 pounds is medically obsese, http://1.usa.gov... though most of us would just suppose the person is a bit overweight. When you hear that obesity affects around a third of individuals in the U.S., you need to remember that portion includes a large number of people who you would not typically think of as obese. http://1.usa.gov... does not mean that the medical data is wrong--it just means that you must remind yourself that we're not talking about 300 pound people--the group includes individuals who would not colloquially be considered obese, and you shouldn't assume that being medically obese automatically associates the individual with the high levels of risk we would naturally associate with colloquially obese people. Sure, the risks of medically obese people are higher, but they might not be what you would think given the term "obese." Furthermore, it's at least likely that some of the risk is genuinely because of a person's inactivity (http://onforb.es...) and perhaps other factors like stress, so that obesity is, again, a contributing factor that is a symptom of more fundamental factors.

Conclusion

Health issues are not fundamental to U.S. society, but can be the consequences of fundemental issues such as inequality, exploitation, and economic practices. "Obesity" has far too broad a medical definition to allow us to say that obesity is our most important social problem. Addressing other issues that are fundamental to the nature and existence of the United States is more important, although part of the benefit of addressing those issues may be to reduce obesity.



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Posted by NathanDuclos 2 years ago
NathanDuclos
I saw want to join in as well but I also like my gf.
Posted by Sourec 2 years ago
Sourec
"The number of overweighed Americans has grown to an extremely large number."
An extremely LARGE number? Nice pun there. This debate has the potential for so many puns...
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