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Should Schools Educate Students More on Eating Disorders and Depression?

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Started: 3/2/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Ponyrider660

Pro

Students should be educated on depression and eating disorders so that they do not ignorantly fall into the group. Students need to know what can happen to them so that they know and can prevent themselves from feeling this way or doing these things.
NOTRANSENXD

Con

I don't believe they should be educating them because it is totally irreverent to what they are supposed to be doing in school.ou cannot force a student to take a health class. There are a fixed number of classes or periods a day; one of those has to go out the window to make space for a new program. Otherwise, if it is optional and outside of the school day, only a handful of people will go, and therefore the population will receive only minimal benefits from these programs and therefore only an infinitesimal chance of decreasing eating disorder cases.
Debate Round No. 1
Ponyrider660

Pro

It is not completely irrelevant seeing as most schools have health class. These things fall right into the health category so it shouldn't be hard to squeeze it into the curriculum.
NOTRANSENXD

Con

For many students, school can be a very depressing place already and a class about these subject would probably be even more so. Students that may have some degree of depression would likely slip to an even worse state and those at risk of suicide could be triggered by talking about it. If you look in the news about school shootings, you can see how one can inspire others to follow the example so a class about suicide could also make teens consider it as an option.
A better idea is to make sure teachers are informed about warning signs so they can take appropriate actions. Seeing they are teachers and not psychologists or psychiatrists, they are not qualified to treat students who may have mental health problems but should just alert other school staff or parents about the possible issue so they can determine the best course of action.A better idea is to make sure teachers are informed about warning signs so they can take appropriate actions. Seeing they are teachers and not psychologists or psychiatrists, they are not qualified to treat students who may have mental health problems but should just alert other school staff or parents about the possible issue so they can determine the best course of action.
Sure, psychologists or psychiatrists can be helpful to students with these issues but unlike direct treatment, a class about it would likely make things worse and put even more students at risk.
Debate Round No. 2
Ponyrider660

Pro

If a class about health issues would trigger any of this than it would probably be wise if schools started hiring private counselors and such. As you stated, some students could slip into a worse state of depression but if that would be the case than a self-esteem class may also be very helpful. That way we can educate students while taking precautions to make sure everyone is okay and feels alright. No one should always feel sad and worthless without knowing why. No one should constantly not want to eat without knowing something is wrong. Very few students these days are happy with being in school and most of them don't know why unless they're older and understand. I agree that it would also help if staff and parents helped more but if we educated the students, then there is a higher chance of students helping other students.
NOTRANSENXD

Con

Programs will not go deep enough to persuade someone out of their own, conceived idea about the world and society. A professor sitting at a mahogany desk in a musty room will not personally relate and therefore hold no great importance to the student. According to NEDA, one way to prevent eating disorders is to "discourage the idea that a particular diet, weight, or body size will automatically lead to happiness and fulfillment." The best people to deliver this persuasion, therefore, is not a stranger in a suit, but rather someone close; family or friends.

Almost all of my opponent's arguments are centralized around the opinion that teaching children about food and healthy eating would prevent eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. However, if you think about it more carefully, this is illogical. Not only the problem of where the funding for such education would come from, but the very idea itself. Teaching children about the food pyramid and that carrots are healthy does not do any good towards eating disorders. Eating disorders like anorexia are based off the idea that gaining weight is bad. Programs will do very minimal good; educational programs are not known for their superiority in dispelling tightly held ideas. Only a trusted source might be able to do that. Take an example: do educational programs help autism? Do educational programs change the way the autistic perceive the world? The answer is no. Another example: If you were in physics class and you decided that a certain solution was completely wrong, that your ideas completely trump it, you might raise your hand to attempt discrepancies. But what happens when the instructor does not understand your ideas? You get embarrassed quickly after trying to explain yourself and sink into subdued silence, still tightly holding onto your ideas and instead of absorbing the new ideas, are viewing them with hostility.

I have completely refuted my opponent's arguments. In short, educational programs only benefit minimally, because of teaching discrepancies and the trust students place into strangers in suits. Trusted sources like family and friends are way more likely to make a positive impact.f a person has an eating disorder, they have it & it's a sickness in itself.
Debate Round No. 3
Ponyrider660

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NOTRANSENXD

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Debate Round No. 4
Ponyrider660

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