The government’s role – obesity

IELTS Writing - Obesity

Hi everyone,

So we discussed as part of an IELTS MINDSET, we need to think about the GOVERNMENT ROLE in many areas of life.

Here is a recent IELTS exam question:

In various countries,  people’s weight is increasing, and their fitness/health is declining.

What are the causes of this. 

What measures could be taken to solve them?

Here are some  of the causes. Can you add to them?

  • eating large amounts of processed or fast food 
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • eating out a lot 
  • eating larger portions than you need 
  • drinking too many sugary drinks 
  • comfort eating 
  • working from home
  • living a more sedentary lifestyle

Now think what the government can do about this!

Think about how you would express your opinion:

It seems/appears to me that ….

I tend to think that …..

I’m inclined to think that …..

I tend to favour the view that ……………

A few ideas:

  • introduce a new campaign  to provide information for people to take steps to help them move towards a healthier weight.
  • expand weight management services to give support to people who need to lose weight
  • increase the number of sports/health facilities in local areas
  • introduce a  label system on food to help people make healthy food choices
  • make companies provide calorie labelling on alcohol
  • offer discounts to at risk groups for the gym
  • legislate to end the promotion of foods high in fat, sugar or salt
  • ban the advertising of unhealthy products which are shown on TV and online before 9pm.

In the next lesson, I will show you how to put these ideas together into an answer.


ALISTAIR BROWN: As a writing and speaking examiner for more than 10 years, I bring a lot of experience. I have seen the frustrations that students have with IELTS from a career where I have actively guided and corrected students’ studies. I am looking for the most effective ways to teach IELTS as I understand students’ needs.