Written by: Xuân Phi, 14/2/2022
Supported by: Ex-BC Examiner, 16/2/2022
Question: More and more people are choosing to eat healthy food and making time to exercise regularly. Why is this happening and what can we do to encourage this?
(IELTS Academic – 12/2/2022)
The growing popularity of healthy diets and more regular exercise is the result of the influence of the mass media. This trend can be further encouraged by enacting legislation to incorporate increased physical activities into schools and by imposing a tax on processed foods.
The growing awareness of healthy lifestyles can be ascribed to the far-reaching impact of mass media. It is now common to watch movies and TV shows featuring celebrities who are fit, implicitly introducing new standards of beauty that are often attainable. Hence, audiences may try to research and imitate the diet and exercise regimens of well-known celebrities and become healthier in the process. This can be observed widely in numerous health magazines such as Men’s Health and Women’s Health that cater to this desire by publishing the daily fitness routines and meal plans of stars. Fans can then read these magazines online and adopt the routines to learn the best practices of successful role models and consistently stay in good shape.
In order for this trend to continue to flourish, definitive steps must be taken by the government. The first is to introduce legislation that requires more physical activities to be taught at school. This can include sports such as football, basketball and other typical exercises such as jogging. By creating additional activities for schoolchildren to engage in, the fitness level of a nation’s population can be better maintained in the long-term. The second measure would be for the state to promulgate a tax on the purchase of processed food products. As consumers may be unwilling to pay more given the higher price, such a reform would encourage them to buy naturally produced foods and in turn embrace healthier eating habits.
In conclusion, thanks to mass media, more people are embracing wholesome lifestyles and this can be further encouraged by mandatory physical education at school and taxes on processed food. It is crucial that the last solution be affordable in order to enjoy widespread adoption.
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The growing popularity of sth
|Sự phổ biến ngày càng tăng của một cái gì đó|
|The influence of mass media|
Sự ảnh hưởng của phương tiện thông tin đại chúng
Be further encouraged
|Được thúc đẩy thêm|
|Enact legislation and incorporate more physical activities into schools|
Ban hành luật và kết hợp nhiều hoạt động thể chất hơn vào trường học
Imposing a tax on sth
|Đánh thuế cái gì đó|
Tầm ảnh hưởng sâu rộng
|New standards of beauty|
Quy chuẩn sắc đẹp mới
To imitate sth/sb
|Bắt chước ai đó/cái gì đó|
|Diet and exercise regimens|
Chế độ ăn kiêng và tập thể dục
Stay in good shape
|Duy trì vóc dáng đẹp|
|The fitness level of a nation’s population|
Mức độ thể chất của dân số một quốc gia
To promulgate a tax
|Ban hành một loại thuế|
|May be inclined to buy naturally produced foods|
Có thể có xu hướng mua thực phẩm sản xuất tự nhiên
Embracing wholesome lifestyles
Thực hiện lối sống lành mạnh