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Should Americans get help beating obesity.

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Started: 1/4/2015 Category: Health
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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As an EU citizen, I'm not really in the eye of the storm for this problem. The only source of information about the bad diet of US people I can use are documentary films such as "Fed Up" and TV programs made by people such as Jamie Oliver.
All we see nowadays on TLC and other reality television programs is "people are getting fat and they need our help" and "we should help them beat this disease" but I view it as more of a natural selection that helps people with weaker ability to control their diet being reduced. The thing I fear though, is the weird "pro-fat" propaganda that says that it's natural for people to be fat, which is an entirely different subject, because some people just don't want to change and see reality and want it their way.


If you have seen documentaries such as FED UP then you know that it is not only just a genetic problem. Children are growing up with their staple food being highly processed, high in fat and high in sugar. What choice do they have if that is all they are being shown and fed since they open their eyes? I am not defending the fact that it is alright for them to be obese but society should and could be doing a lot more such as creating awareness about healthy eating, good food practices and exercise. People need to intervene. In the documentary FED UP a bill was trying to be passed to stop unhealthy food being served however someone prevented pizza from falling under this bill because it contained tomato sauce which to some company counted as a vegetable. How much more ridiculous can it get? Not as ridiculous as the fact that heart disease is the number one biggest killer in the world and obesity the leading cause.
Companies like this are controlling what our children eat and it can be clearly seen that they don't care about what happens to them. Obesity is a disease . It is a social responsibility that we help our next generation free themselves from the cycle

To your point about 'Pro-fat' what really do you mean when you say people don't want to see reality? The reality that they see is a very different reality we see which is, once again, why they need help to be able to see what is right and make the suitable change
Debate Round No. 1


Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's a biological problem. The actual predisposition to obesity of all people is 23%. That's a lot less than what they show on TV.
You also got the other thought wrong. Fat people try to prove to others that being fat is really normal and people SHOULD be fat in the first place. For example, the weird hit "All About That Bass" by Megan Trainor is filled with hate against people who AREN'T fat.



The current social situation that America is in is only the tip of the iceberg. 65 % of American adults suffer from obesity and 1 in 3 children are obese. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. last year was $147 billion. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. Obesity is no longer just a social concern. If obesity continues to rise in the future then it will impact business productivity, the economy, housing, transport. It will change our future for the worst. However just like with issues such as smoking and child mortality persistent efforts create an impact.
This epidemic is now part of the American culture .Children are growing up not knowing about healthy eating habits. Findings from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggest that kids ages 2-18 get most of their calories from two foods groups: Milk, Cakes/cookies/quick bread/pastry/pie. Their fat comes mainly from cheese and from crackers/popcorn/pretzels/chips. As these children grow up, this core issue subjects itself into a cycle where communities not making healthy choices, not in the sense that they don"t know about basic nutrition such as a candy bar being worse than a carrot but, in the sense of including variety, correct portion sizes and moderation. To say that obesity is an issue of willpower is no longer viable because if we look around at the food being given to our generation absolutely everything we eat (apart from fruit and vegetables contains fat and sugar). American are constantly exposed to toxin foods that are affordable (a lot more than fresh fruit and vegetables), heavily promoted, and good tasting. If people don"t know the correct methods to ensure healthy eating habits then there is no way obesity can be overcome. There is a clear disconnection between what is and what should be and the way this can changed is by providing more effect tools and creating harmony between communities and the government.

Communities need to be continual informed of the advantages of a healthy lifestyle and the realistic ways they can obtain it. Kelly Ward a professor of psychology, epidemiology, and public health at Yale University suggests this: subsidize the cost of healthy foods, so they cost less; increase the cost of bad foods, so they cost more; regulate food advertising aimed at children; and develop more opportunities for people to be more physically active". In 2010 a study was released by The Trust for American Health that stated that 80% of Americans recognised that obesity was an issue. In the 5 years since, communities have been working to actively engage more people into physical activity (through programmes such as Shape Up) as well as obtain healthier eating habits. How do we do this if Americans do not get the help they need? People need to have the tools, the knowledge, the assistance and guidance to be able to make the change. Intervention must occur to break the cycle we are in.
Debate Round No. 2


Euronymous forfeited this round.


Your point about Meghan Trainors song is off the point of this debate but I shall address it anyway.
There is a difference between being curvy and being fat. The curvature of a person"s bone structure has little to do with diet.
Her song does not encourage "hating" on any type of person. It is not a song targeting a specific group but instead targeting everyone and encouraging us to love ourselves regardless of our different physical appearance.The song promotes appreciation of all types of women: curvy, fat, skinny

For this comment : "people try to prove to others that being fat is really normal and people SHOULD be fat in the first place"
I am pretty sure that is your opinion not a factual statement with scientific backing.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Pink3433 2 years ago
As you can probably tell i am new to debating so any constructive criticism you have for me would be great :)
Posted by DarthVitiosus 2 years ago
I like where Con is going with this. The ever so beautiful natural selection.
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