Health and modern lifestyles
- Why do some people think that modern lifestyles are not healthy?
There are several reasons for that. The most obvious one is that people nowadays spend too much time working and studying. As a consequence, they often do not have enough time for a proper meal or socialising or exercising. Lots of jobs now require people to be very sedentary and they just sit in a chair all day with only short breaks. As well as that, lots of the food people eat now is unhealthy and fattening, so all these things combined lead to an unhealthy lifestyle.
- Why do some people choose to lead unhealthy lives?
I think there are a few different reasons why people lead unhealthy lives. For some, it’s not really a choice. They might have very busy work schedules which don’t allow them to have the time for exercise or healthy eating. If you’re in work all and spend hours commuting to and from you probably don’t have the energy to go for a run or prepare a healthy meal. All you want to do is to grab a takeaway and sit on the couch for an hour before you have to go to bed. There are definitely some who choose to live unhealthily, they might just not care about the negative effects or maybe don’t realise what the long – term consequences of such a lifestyle are, especially if they are young.
- Should individuals or governments be responsible for making peoples’ lifestyle healthy?
I think that ultimately people should be responsible for their own lives. But it’s also important that they are informed fully about the different kinds of lifestyle. I think it’s important for governments to educate people on the benefits of having a healthy lifestyle and ensure that it’s a lifestyle that is possible for everyone to have. I think this is especially true in the case of children, if your parents have an unhealthy lifestyle it is very likely that you will have one too. So I think things like nutrition and healthy living should be taught in schools for everyone to know about it. If people are informed about their choices, they are free to decide whether they want to be unhealthy or healthy but there should be guidelines in place to help them.
- What could be done to encourage people to live in a healthy way?
In my opinion, it is necessary to raise people’s awareness and knowledge as early as possible, especially for young people. Healthcare modules should be taken more seriously and frequently at schools and sports should be encouraged as much as possible. Another method is to promote healthy lifestyles through advertising campaigns. Increasing taxes on fatty and sugary foods would also help.
- sedentary (adjective): ít vận động
- commuting to and from: đi đi về về
- inform fully: (cung cấp) thông tin đầy đủ