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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Childhood Obesity (Agree or Disagree Question)

Updated: Nov 27, 2023


In many countries, children are becoming overweight and unhealthy. Some people think that the government has the responsibility to solve this problem.

To what extent do you agree or disagree? (26/08/2023)


SAMPLE ESSAY:


In modern society, as childhood obesity is becoming increasingly more prevalent , some individuals maintain that the national authorities should play a predominant role in averting this pressing issue. While I agree with this viewpoint to some extent, I believe that parents and educational institutions are also responsible for tackling such a problem.


On the one hand, there are several reasons why the governing bodies should be accountable for addressing childhood obesity. Firstly, it is their basic duty to safeguard the health and well-being of their citizens, especially vulnerable groups like children. By introducing laws that, for instance, guarantee nutrition standards of school meals or restrict the sale of sugary drinks and fattening foods, the government can largely contribute to reduced obesity rates among minors. Secondly, as widely perceived to possess huge financial capacity, the government could allocate necessary resources to public awareness programs or educational campaigns aimed at parents and children. These initiatives can help young individuals make informed choices about nutrition and physical activity, fostering healthier habits from an early age.


On the other hand, I believe that the national authorities cannot be held solely responsible for resolving childhood obesity. One justification for my argument is that parents, who are primary caregivers and role models for children, are likely to have significantly more influence on their eating habits and activity levels. In other words, parents could set a limit on children’s consumption of high-fat food and encourage them to engage in sports or outdoor activities. Besides parental obligations, educational institutions should also play a crucial role in curbing rising obesity rates among minors. Given the fact that children are usually receptive to new knowledge and later adhere to taught lessons, schools and teachers can incorporate health education into their curriculum, thus instilling a proper perception of healthy lifestyles in children .


In summary, although the responsibility to reduce childhood obesity is often assigned to the government, I firmly believe that parents and educational institutions should also contribute to the prevention of this issue for their greater influence on children’s behavior and cognition.



 

VOCABULARY

  • childhood obesity (phrase) = béo phì ở trẻ em

  • prevalent (adj) = phổ biến

  • avert (v) = đẩy lùi

  • governing body (phrase) = cơ quan quản lý

  • be accountable for sth (phrase) = chịu trách nhiệm cho việc gì đó

  • vulnerable (adj) = dễ bị tổn thương, gây hại

  • allocate money / resources / time / etc. to sb / sth (phrase) = phân bổ tiền bạc / tài nguyên / thời gian / v.v. cho ai đó / cái gì đó

  • foster (v) = khuyến khích, thúc đẩy

  • role model (phrase) = hình mẫu

  • curb (v) = kiềm chế, hạn chế

  • be receptive to sth (phrase) = dễ tiếp thu, lĩnh hội điều gì đó

  • adhere to sth (phrasal verb) = tuân thủ điều gì đó

  • incorporate A into B (phrase) = tích hợp A vào B

  • instill sth in sb (phrase) = khiến ai đó thấm nhuần điều gì đó (về tư tưởng, triết lý, nhận thức,...)


 

BRAINSTORMING


Some people think that the government has the responsibility to solve the problem of childhood obesity + my personal opinion: Partly agree


Body 1: The reasons why the government should be responsible for addressing childhood obesity

  • It is the government’s duty to protect citizens’ health, especially vulnerable groups like children → they can make rules like having healthy food in schools or limiting sugary and fatty foods to reduce childhood obesity

  • Because governments have a lot of money, they can spend some on programs that teach parents and children about eating well and being active → young individuals can learn how to make good choices for their health


Body 2: The reasons why parents and schools should also be responsible for addressing childhood obesity

  • Parents have a big impact on children’s eating and exercise habits as their primary caregivers and role models → they can guide children towards healthier food choices and encourage physical activities among them

  • Children are usually open to learning and following lessons → teachers and schools can include health education in their curriculum to help children develop good habits and understanding of healthy lifestyles



 

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