IELTS Speaking topic: 生活方式 Healthy Lifestyle
  • 1. Do you think people pay enough attention to their health these days?
  • No, definitely not. The average person nowadays has a sedentary lifestyle and pays very little attention to their diet and also does hardly any exercise. If you take a typical English person, they eat a quick breakfast, such as a sugary cereal, they have a quick bite at lunch, like a sandwich, and for dinner, they are either too tired to cook something healthy and nutritious or simply don’t have enough time. It’s pretty much the same with exercise. Few people these days have time to fit it into their daily routine.
  • 2. Do you think the government is responsible for public health?
  • Well, to be honest, I think it the responsibility of both governments and individuals. Governments certainly could do more to educate people about ways to improve their health and I suppose it would be useful if they could somehow have more controlled over the fast food industry. However, much of the responsibility falls on individual people to take exercise, eat well and have a balanced lifestyle.
  • 3. Do you think there are more unhealthy people these days than there were decades ago?
  • Yes, without a doubt. Generations ago, there was no fast food or convenience food so people generally ate healthy fresh produce instead of the junk food they eat today. Furthermore, people were also more active in the past as they either cycled or walked to get around and also had a healthier lifestyle. Compared to now, they were much healthier.
  • 4. How could parents encourage their children to be healthier?
  • I guess the best way would be to set an example. I always think that if adults lead by example, then children will follow suit. What I mean is if parents need to get involved with sports and outdoor activities, it will show children that exercise is fun. Another way would be for parents to get children involved in cooking healthy meals to encourage them to change their eating habits. Both methods, I’m sure will have a positive effect.-ieltsliz

  • Why do some people think that modern lifestyles are not healthy?
    See, people have a valid reason for thinking so. People today love comfort and luxury and they want to satisfy their appetites at any cost. Rather than cooking at home, they love to eat out, at restaurants and fast food joints. Fast food may be tasty but contains a lot of fat that is not good for health. Previously people used to walk or engage in some kind of manual work. That is not the case today. Personal vehicles and modern devices have made their life easy and people have great aversion towards sweating their body. This lifestyle naturally invites diseases.
  • Why do some people choose to lead unhealthy lives?
    The simple answer is laziness. Today many people do not have the discipline to lead a healthy life. They love comfort and convenience in everything that they do. In fact, they don’t realise that their comfort and luxury are going to end soon. They need to face the reality sooner than later.
  • Should individuals or governments be responsible for making people lifestyles healthy?
    It is the individuals themselves who are responsible for making their lifestyles healthy. It is one’s personal freedom to lead a healthy lifestyle. Government has nothing to do with it. No government can interfere into such personal affairs. Government can’t ask people to eat this or that. The only thing that government can do is to spread awareness about this issue. Nothing more than that.
  • What could be done to encourage people to live in a healthy way?
    The best way to encourage people to live in a healthy way is to spread awareness about the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle. This can be done through the media like television and newspapers. At an early age, children should be given education about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. It should also be included in the curriculum. Moreover, sports should be made compulsory in schools. Another effective way is to give gym and sports facilities in factories and offices.