The Instigator
Abraham_Hanna
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The Contender
42lifeuniverseverything
Con (against)
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5 Points

People should be made to play at least one sport

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42lifeuniverseverything
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/18/2016 Category: Health
Updated: 12 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Abraham_Hanna

Pro

37.5 % of Americans are over weight
42lifeuniverseverything

Con

I accept.

Opening definitions.

People: Human beings who are alive.

Should: Something that has to happen for valid reasons.

Made to: Enforce the action of.

Play a sport: Compete in an organized sport for competitive acclaim.

Opening Arguments

1. The enforcement of Pro's proposal is impossible.

According to John O'Sullivan "As I have stated here many times, 70% of children are dropping out of organized sports by the age of 13. Whenever I mention this sad statistic, people come out of the wood work saying that it’s only the kids who aren’t good enough to play that quit.... Sadly, in our current state of youth sports, kids and families are asked to do more and more at younger and younger ages, especially the kids who show early aptitude in a sport. The #1 reason kids quit is because sports is no longer fun. In a 2014 study for George Washington University, researcher Amanda Visik interviewed numerous youth athletes and asked them why they played sports, and 9 out of 10 said the #1 reason they played was it was fun!"

My opponent needs to provide evidence that enough people (enough to overcome the 37.5% overweight) enjoy sports to want to do them enough to stay fit.

2. Sports can never be a "should" option for losing weight.

If we start telling people the only way to lose weight is by playing a sport, we go against every dietician, pediatrician, physical therapist, etc that has ever talked on the subject of weight loss. They agree that sports can help, but by no means say it should be the only solution to this issue.

3. Some people cannot play sports.

Whether they are blind, deaf, have a physical disorder, or simply are too large in body mass to move around effectively, some people simply cannot play a sport that is physical in nature. They need to be brought into the world of fitness in a progression, not by yelling at them on the soccer field. I believe good sir, that your solution is quite frankly, short sighted and missing the point of weight loss itself.

4. Dieting is a much better solution for people who do not like strenuous physical activity.

Now before you respond with the 95% of people who diet gain back their weight figure note this. The New York Times said "95 percent of people who lose weight regain it -- and sometimes more -- within a few months or years. That statistic has been quoted widely over the last four decades, in Congressional hearings, diet books, research papers and seminars. And it is the reason so many people approach dieting with a sense of hopelessness. But in fact, obesity researchers say, no one has any idea how many people can lose weight and keep it off. Now, as researchers try to determine how many people have succeeded, they are also studying the success stories for lessons that might inspire others to try. 'That 95 percent figure has become clinical lore,' said Dr. Thomas Wadden, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. There is no basis for it, he said, 'but it's part of the mythology of obesity.'"

Obviously, if you have the mental will to lose weight dieting can work for you.

5. Some people do not want to lose weight.

This is often overlooked, but some people are comfortable enough with their weight gain, that they do not wish to take the mental steps to build habits of weight loss. Because of this, your proposal to end weight gains in 37.5% of the population is simply unfeasible and unenforceable.

I conclude, and wait for my opponent's response.


[1] http://changingthegameproject.com...;

[2] http://www.nytimes.com...
Debate Round No. 1
Abraham_Hanna

Pro

Abraham_Hanna forfeited this round.
42lifeuniverseverything

Con

If you forfeit it means I win. Also because I wrote an effective response, that should win the debate for me as well.

Thank you and VOTE CON.
Debate Round No. 2
Abraham_Hanna

Pro

Abraham_Hanna forfeited this round.
42lifeuniverseverything

Con

VOTE CON.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Reigon 12 months ago
Reigon
Np!
Posted by 42lifeuniverseverything 12 months ago
42lifeuniverseverything
Thanks for the vote Reigon!
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro ff many times, so conduct to Con. Also, Con was the only one who made an argument, so arguments to Con by default.
Vote Placed by Reigon 12 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro FF'd.