In some countries the average weight of people is increasing and their levels of health and fitness are decreasing.
What do you think are the causes of these problems and what measures could be taken to solve them?
Some countries are experiencing a situation where their citizens are becoming heavier and also less fit and healthy. The causes of this are clear, but there are many possible solutions. I shall look at the causes and a couple of possible solutions in this essay.
In almost all cases, the causes of increased weight are diet and/or lack of exercise. If a person eats more calories than they use, they gain weight. If they do not exercise enough, this weight gain will be fat and too much fat causes health problems. The solutions, therefore, are simple enough – convince people to consume fewer calories and/or exercise more.
This is easier said than done. Nowadays, more and more people have access to more and more food. Many people prefer food that is high in calories – perhaps because they think it tastes better or perhaps because it is faster or more convenient. One way of getting them to eat fewer calories might be to show them tastier dishes quickly prepared using lower calorie
Another solution is to get people to exercise more, so that eating more calories is less of a problem. This could be
done by making keeping fit less costly and easier to participate in. Financing sports and exercise facilities could be costly, but there could be long term savings if people are healthier as a result. If neighbourhoods had sports and exercise facilities, people would be able to use them more often.
In conclusion, there are two main causes of weight increase and there are several possible solutions to this and to declining levels of health and fitness.