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Soda commercials should be banned by the United States.

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Started: 7/23/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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greaky

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In short, soda commercials promote an unhealthy option for the American public, and targets children. Unlike tobacco and alcohol, children being directly targeted don't know right from wrong, which is unfair practice.

Free free to include any and all other arguments for or against, such as business reasons, etc..
feudal_noodle

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Hello greaky, I look forward to this debate as I will be arguing why soda commercials should not be banned in the United States.

In my opinion, soda commercials should not be banned for one main reason and one smaller one (which I'll pick up on later): commercials are not to blame for the unhealthiness of the society.

Commercials are a way for a company to create consumer interest, which leads to sales and keeping the company alive. So, the commercial may promote an unhealthy option, however people are not required to purchase anything they see on television. If people, especially children, had knowledge about things they ate and drank, they might be more disciplined in which food they should buy [Almost everybody has the access to this information]. You might think that since the children are young, they don't know any better, however then this becomes an issue of parenting and why the parents aren't being cautious with their child's diet.

Also, you say that we should ban soda commercials because it promotes an unhealthy product. If this is the case, why stop at soda? Why not ban Kool Aid, and fast food, and any food or drink related commercial for that fact. In my opinion, soda commercials promote the LEAST unhealthy product if you compare soda to McDonald's or Burger King or Subway. A can of Coca Cola contains 90 total calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 31 mg of sodium, and 25 g of carbs (1). Compare that to McDonald's "Big Mac": 549 calories, 29 grams of fat, 75 mg of cholesterol, 970 milligrams of sodium, and 46 grams of carbs (2). In terms of caloric intake, eating one Big Mac is the equivalent of drinking 6.1 Coca-Cola sodas. I don't know of anybody who consumes this much soda, so it being an unhealthy option shouldn't be the main issue here.

1. http://www.calorieking.com...
2. http://www.calorieking.com...
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Posted by Spider191 1 year ago
Spider191
How are the rounds set up? Is the first round an acceptance only, or do we provide our opening arguments?
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