IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model answer

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

The percentage of overweight children in Western Society has increased by almost 20% in the last 10 years. Discuss the causes and effects of this disturbing trend. Give reasons for your answer.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:

Over the last decade, the proportion of obese children has been rising steadily in the Western countries at an alarming rate of 20%. This trend in society is definitely a cause of major concern, leading to life-threatening diseases in the future. 

One of the primary reasons for increasing obesity rate among children is the lack of healthy food. In today's times of globalisation, both parents are often working to make both ends meet, and do not have the time to prepare a balanced home-cooked meal. So they inevitably resort to readily available packaged foods which are stacked in the supermarkets. Moreover, most parents are not even aware of the nutritional value of different food products and are unable to pass on healthy eating habits to their offsprings. 

Another major cause for the growing population of overweight children is the lack of exercise in this age group. Most young ones have inadvertently adopted a sedentary lifestyle due to their increasing addiction to computers and other console games. They have become couch potatoes who are more engrossed in the virtual world of cartoons and video games and therefore, outdoor activities, which were once considered to be an integral part of growing up, have been pushed to the backburner. Lack of open spaces in major cities, due to rapid urbanization and infrastructure development, further aggravates this problem.

Last but not the least, the cheap and easy availability of packaged foods, loaded with sugar and fat, is an important reason for this detrimental effect on health. Advertisements play an important role in the marketing of these fast foods. Attractive commercials lure customers into purchasing and consuming these products without realising the far-fetched adverse effects. 

All in all, it cannot be denied that childhood obesity is a menace, which is on the rise in the West, and needs to be curbed by the joint efforts of the government policies and individual efforts on the parts of the parents so that we can build a healthy future for our children and the world at large. 


Total Words: 339

Task Achievement: 9

Coherence & Cohesion: 9

Lexical resources: 9

Grammar: 9

Overall Score: Band 9

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