Thursday, 9 June 2011

- Obesity - (STPM MUET essay)

  What is obesity?According to the dictionary,obesity is a medical condition in which body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health,leading to reduced life expectancy and increased health problems.The National Health and Morbidity Survey indicated that 43% of the adults were obese in 2006.The surveys carried out by the scientists in America shown that obesity would cause other serious illnesses such as hypertension,high cholesterol level,stroke,diabetes and so on.There are many factors which caused obesity to spread continuously in all countries and the corrective actions should be taken to overcome the problem.

  First and foremost,developing an unhealthy diet is the main cause of obesity.As all people living in hectic lifestyles,they do not have sufficient time to prepare proper meals.Many mothers chose to eat-out instead of cooking at home.Many families are now been able to afford the high expense of having meals at outside.Some of the children are given a generous amount of money from their parents to eat.When they are given such freedom to choose food,they would naturally prefer to eat and fast foods like burgers,pizzas,french-fries,nuggets and fried chickens.This situation would lead to obesity as the little importance is placed on serving a balanced diet.

  Secondly,the lack of participation in sports and outdoor games are closely linked to the rising level of obesity nowadays.As we could noticed that children are not interested in sport and outdoor activities.For example,jogging,yoga,riding bicycle,swimming,gym,aerobics and so forth.They would rather playing computer games and watching television when they have spare times.Apart from children,many of the adults who lead busy lives did not exercise more than twice in a month because they think that exercising is a waste of time.The sedentary nature of exercising in both adults and children us the major cause of obesity.

  Furthermore,exercise regularly is the most effective way to keep obesity at bay.This is because physical exercises or body work-outs could help us to release the toxins or harmful chemicals in our bodies by sweating.In order to keep our body fit and slim,we have to exercise at least twice in a week,each time for 30 minutes.In spite of that,media mass and government should play their roles to draw communities' attentions and encouraged them to participate in sports or outdoor activities.For an instance,awareness campaigns should be carried out in every districts to inculcate the knowledge of maintaining healthy lifestyle among the people.Meanwhile,parents have the responsibility to ensure their children leads a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly.

  To prevent the problem of obesity from escalating,having balanced diets should be practised to keep our bodies in shapes.As an saying goes:'Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.'It is obvious that our eating habits does affect our state of health directly.As a smart consumer,we should always refer to the food pyramid so that we would not make any insensible choose of foods.As we all knew that eating greasy foods such as burger,pizzas,nuggets,fried chickens and crisps are as if taking risks on our health.So,we should eat a lot of vegetables and fruits as well as the source of protein - fishes,as they are high in fiber and good for our health.

  In a nutshell,obesity is one of the diseases which is caused by the carelessness of human being.However,it could be cured if we look into it wisely so that we could take some thoughtful actions on rectifying it.As the proverb says:'Prevention is better than cure'.In short,all parties should be concerned about the spread of this problem for this problem can be solved to create the future of harmony and healthy.
          (600 words)

Originally Written By Winky Lau