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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Health (Agree or Disagree Question)


It is more important to spend public money on promoting a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent illness than to spend it on treatment of people who are already ill. 


To what extent do you agree or disagree?


SAMPLE ESSAY: 


In contemporary society, the allocation of public funds has become a subject of intense debate. Some argue that it is more prudent  to invest resources in fostering a healthy lifestyle to prevent illnesses, while others believe that treating those already afflicted  should be the primary focus. I concur  with the former perspective, as preventive measures  not only contribute to overall well-being but also alleviate the burden  on healthcare systems.


To begin with, fostering a healthy lifestyle has multifaceted benefits . By channeling public funds into educational campaigns, fitness programs, and nutritional initiatives, societies can empower  individuals to make informed choices regarding their well-being. For instance, public health campaigns can disseminate  information about the importance of regular exercise, balanced diets, and stress management. Such initiatives may not only promote physical health but also contribute to mental well-being, reducing cases of lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes , and cardiovascular issues .


Furthermore, investing in public health programs can substantially reduce the economic burden associated with treating chronic illnesses . To illustrate, a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that investments in preventive health services resulted in significant reductions in future healthcare expenditures, which is particularly crucial nowadays given the global rise in these expenses. By curbing  the prevalence of diseases through proactive measures , governments can redirect resources towards other urgent needs, such as education and infrastructure, in order to elevate the general living standards  of their citizens.


In conclusion, while treating existing illnesses is undeniably crucial, prioritizing the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through preventive measures offers a more sustainable and economically viable solution. By promoting individual responsibility and reducing the prevalence of diseases, societies can achieve long-term health benefits and alleviate the strain on healthcare resources.



 

VOCABULARY

  • prudent (adj) = khôn ngoan, thận trọng 

  • be afflicted with a disease / illness / etc. (phrase) = bị mắc bệnh 

  • concur (v) = đồng ý, tán thành 

  • preventive / proactive measures (phrase) = những biện pháp phòng ngừa 

  • alleviate the burden (on sth) (phrase) = giảm tải gánh nặng (lên cái gì đó) 

  • multifaceted benefits (phrase) = những lợi ích đa chiều

  • empower sb to do sth (phrase) = thúc đẩy ai đó làm việc gì đó 

  • disseminate (v) = lan truyền, phổ biến (thông tin, kiến thức,...)

  • diabetes (n) = bệnh tiểu đường

  • cardiovascular issues (phrase) = những vấn đề về tim mạch 

  • chronic illness (phrase) = bệnh mãn tính

  • curb (v) = hạn chế 

  • prevalence of diseases (n) = sự lây lan bệnh 

  • elevate the general living standards (phrase) = nâng cao mức sống chung 



 

BRAINSTORMING


It is more important to spend public money on promoting a healthy lifestyle than to spend it on treatment of people who are already ill + my personal opinion: Agree


Body 1: Benefits of preventive measures for physical and mental well-being

  • Investing public money in education, fitness programs, and healthy eating initiatives helps people learn how to make good choices about their health → better physical and mental health → reduced cases of lifestyle-related diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes, and heart problems)

Body 2: Benefits of preventive measures for the economy and society

  • Investing public money in health campaigns can help the economy in the long run – to illustrate, a study by the World Health Organization found that spending money on preventive healthcare now can save a lot more money in the future

  • With preventive measures, governments can use the saved money for other important things like education and infrastructure → improved quality of life for their citizens



 

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