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IELTS Essay December 2018: People Eat Too Much Junk Food.

Scientists agree that many people eat too much junk food and it is damaging their health. Some people think that this problem can be solved by educating people, while others believe that education will not work. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Another question from the IELTS exam: Some people believe that cooking at home is a waste of time. They feel it is better to buy fast food which is more convenient and less stressful in modern life. Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.

Answer:

Introduction: (Introduce the topic and MENTION the reasons supporting both views. STATE your opinion.)

The trend of increasing consumption of junk food is worrisome. While some people propose educating people to prevent it since humans are thinking animals who can make rational decisions, others believe that regulating the fast food industry is the only way. I believe a number of measures need to be taken simultaneously to prevent this trend.

Body Paragraph 1: (EXPLAIN the reasons supporting view 1)

Many people consider humans as thinking animals and assume that if they are educated, they will make rational decisions. We are usually not aware of the consequences of eating junk food. We eat it without thinking about the possibility of numerous diseases it may cause. For instance, the government of the United States conducted an experiment in which its instructors educated children about the health consequences of eating junk food. They demonstrated, through videos and images, it may human health through obesity, diabetes, hypertension and, in some cases, cancer. The study found that many children abandoned eating this food.

Body Paragraph 2: (EXPLAIN the reasons supporting view 2)

On the other hand, some people propose strict regulation of the fast food industry to protect consumer interest. It is not feasible to educate all consumers about the fallouts of consuming this food. So, it is prudent to reduce its consumption by enforcing stringent laws. For example, the Paris Municipal Corporation has made it mandatory for all food joints to use organic raw materials only and prohibited them from serving fried food. Violating these norms may attract heavy financial penalties. These measures are easier to implement than educating millions of individuals.

Conclusion: (Conclude with your opinion)

Though there are different approaches to protect people from junk food, I think they should be implemented together. While individuals should be educated about the negative impacts of junk food so that they can exercise their free will, regulation is important to protect uneducated consumers.

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