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Lee001
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houshmanzadeh
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School should ban junk food

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Lee001
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/23/2014 Category: Health
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (3)
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Lee001

Con

Kids should have freedom of choice.
houshmanzadeh

Pro

Banning junk food in school would be an effective way to reduce the high rates of obesity in America. The health benefits of this act outweighs the any costs of limiting choices.
Debate Round No. 1
Lee001

Con

Schools shouldn't ban junk food. They wont have a choice but to eat the food at school. They may just choose not to eat the schools so called "healthy food" because the kids would most likely eat something else. Therefore the school is wasting money by throwing out junk food. Also the kids would just go home anyway and eat whatever they want.
houshmanzadeh

Pro

Students can bring healthier foods from home to eat if they do not want to eat the meals offered by schools. So, they do have a choice.

What would you say about school meals in general? Schools offer a certain type of meal (e.g. spaghetti and meatballs). If you do not want to eat it for whatever reason, you have every right to pack your own lunch. No one is compelling you to eat spaghetti. Banning junk food means preventing students from bringing a burger and chips from home for lunch. Even if the kids eat junk food when they go home after school, they still have had one fewer unhealthy meal than they would otherwise. How is the school wasting money if they are only offering healthy options? And if students follow this rule of not bringing in junk food to school, food will not be wasted.
Debate Round No. 2
Lee001

Con

How are they wasting money? They are throwing out they healthier food because most likely kids wont want to eat it. Then again, if kids bring there own lunch to school, the school will also loose money because some kids at most schools must pay to eat lunch. So if kids bring there own lunch.. the school isn't getting paid the money.
houshmanzadeh

Pro

"Most likely kids wont want to eat it."

That is a inaccurate assumption. "Healthier food" does not equal "nasty food." An example of junk food would be fried chicken, and an alternative would be grilled chicken. Most kids will still eat the healthier option. In fact, they may prefer it over time. Healthy food and good-tasting food are not mutually exclusive.

My argument here also invalidates your argument that schools will be losing money, because kids WILL still eat school lunches. Even if students don't eat school lunches, schools will not lose money. They are reimbursed for offering healthy options.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by smithy1 2 years ago
smithy1
In my opinion, pro's got the edge here. His arguments are sharper and logically counters Lee's points. At the end of the day, not allowing kids to eat junk food is going to improve their health. The contender's emphasis on health is more convincing that schools possibly losing some $.
Posted by Veteran 2 years ago
Veteran
I think is too broad a topic. In elementary schools children should only be offered healthy meal options as they can not appreciate the consequences of making poor choices and would only choose the junk. But as kids mature then they have to practice decision making skills and food should be a place to do that. There needs to be limits on what is available but teenagers are capable of choosing the good food from the bad and seeing the weight gain or negative feelings associated with that, especially if health classes are doing their jobs.
Posted by Lukas8 2 years ago
Lukas8
I agree with PRO. in the EU theres an eco-school programme. Like the programme in the EU, we still could allow junk food, but in way much smaller quantities, but anyway we would need to do more than that. Make an almost complete, but not an complete ban.
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Reasons for voting decision: I thought this was a really short debate, and it was kind of hard to judge, but I'll give it a shot. No sources were cited, so no one had more reliable sources, and I felt that con jut barely had a better argument. But it was only because he kind of looked at the whole picture. He recognized that kids will bring unhealthy foods to school, and continue eating them at home.