GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 82
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
In some countries, the average weight of people is increasing and their levels of health and fitness are decreasing.
What do you think are the causes of these problems and what measures could be taken to solve them?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
In many parts of the world, people are getting overweight and their fitness level is deteriorating rapidly. I strongly believe that the problem is caused by unhealthy food habits, genetic problems and by the modern lifestyle where physical activity is almost absent. A healthy and active lifestyle and salutary food habits could be the silver bullet to these problems.
Genetics and modern lifestyle are to be blamed for most obesity cases. Many people are susceptible to obesity due to their genetics. Put simply, weight gain has a robust genetic component. A growing number of researches have shown that children of obese parents tend to become fat than their counterparts. Similarly, modern lifestyle, such as eating habits or lack of physical labour, is also a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Modern society enjoys eating junk food so much while scientific tests reveal that these fast food contain a substantial amount of fat and carbohydrates, which can result in obesity. Apart from it, the modern lifestyle, which is mostly sedentary in nature, also causes overweight – which over years becomes a genetic issue.
However, the problem can be solved through a healthy lifestyle: healthy eating habit, physical activity and so on. First of all, healthy eating habit plays a key role to combat against overweight. So people should emphasize eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits and fat-free milk and dairy products. Healthy eating also includes lean meats, egg, fish, nuts, beans to name but a few. Also, people ought to avoid a diet which is high in cholesterol, trans fats, saturated fats and added sugar. Most importantly, they should drink more water instead of sugary beverages. Secondly, getting adequate physical activity also plays a prominent part in weight management. For example, people should engage in physical activity, even moderately, for at least 10 hours a day.
To conclude, to solve the riddle of gaining weight and deteriorating health, of which the causes are junk food, genetic issues and lack of physical activities, healthy lifestyle such as good eating habit, exercise and so forth, is necessary.