IELTS Task 2 Sample Answer- Health and Fitness

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?

A template is something that can be used over and over again to produce something. Template IELTS answers are normally very bad and I tell people never to use them because they don’t answer the question properly, but there is one exception.

In problem and solution task 2 answers or causes and solutions task 2 answers, you will normally use the following 4 paragraph structure:

Problem Solution:

1. Introduction

2. Problems

3. Solutions

4. Conclusion

Causes Solution:

1. Introduction

2. Causes

3. Solutions

4. Conclusion

For the third paragraph for both essays we can use a template answer. Let’s look at a sample essay first.

Answer:

In some nations people are getting heavier and standards of health and well-being are falling. This essay will suggest that the principal cause of these issues is the type of nourishment they are eating and submit a government education program as a viable solution, followed by a reasoned conclusion.

The main cause of the health crisis currently affecting so many individuals is over-consumption of poor quality sustenance. Convenience food and junk food, such as microwave dinners, chocolate bars, McDonald’s and pizza, have become a ubiquitous part of modern life. Eating too much of these high fat meals causes many to gain weight and this has knock-on effects on someone’s general wellness. For example, the movie ‘Super Size Me’ demonstrated that a person who eats this kind of food all the time will not only get fat, but also suffer from such things as raised blood pressure and even fatty liver disease.

The most practical solution to this problem is a government sponsored awareness campaign. An effective advertising campaign could warn of the dangers of a poor diet and hopefully raise awareness amongst the public.  For example, the U.K. recently lobbied their citizens to eat 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day and this resulted in a dramatic decrease in obesity related illnesses such as stroke and heart disease.

In summary, the current health crisis has been caused by an over-reliance on unhealthy food and states should curtail this by educating men and women on how to makes healthier choices.

(250 words)

You will notice in the third paragraph I suggest that a government advertising campaign is the best solution. Luckily, for most problems- and I say most because there are always exceptions- a government campaign that educates people about the issue is always a good solution.

We can therefore use the following template:

The most practical solution to this problem is a government sponsored awareness campaign. An effective advertising campaign could warn of the dangers of [X] and hopefully raise awareness amongst the public.  For example, the U.K. recently lobbied their citizens to [Y] and this resulted in [Z].

All you have to do is think about your particular question and then replace X, Y and Z.

Let’s try this with another question.

Question- In many countries schools have severe problems with student behaviour.

What do you think are the causes of this?

What solutions can you suggest?

The most practical solution to this problem is a government sponsored awareness campaign. An effective advertising campaign could warn of the dangers of student misbehaviour and hopefully raise awareness amongst the public.  For example, the U.K. recently lobbied their citizens to teach their children about the importance of respecting teachers and this resulted in a dramatic improvement.

As you can see, I have used the same template paragraph but changed X, Y and Z to meet the requirements of my particular question.

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3 Comments

  1. flausbertt says

    250 words. Another superb essay and having used exact 250 words just showing off the instruments you have writing an essay all aspects included. Thank you for the structure ! community related issues with the health, traffic, education and so on can easily be answered with the structure having the content modified to fit thoroughly.

  2. marjan says

    ” Memorised answers are obvious to the examiner and usually
    receive a bad score” That’s what we are said 🙁

    1. christopherpell444 says

      Thanks for making a very valuable point Marjan and I totally agree with you. As I said at the start of the post you should never do this, but in this circumstance you are not memorising an answer, but instead remembering a structure and then using that structure to answer the question. You will have to think about the question, decide if the structure is suitable and if so, tailor your response to meet the needs of the question. Not a memorised response.

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