IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 654 - Children in many countries are eating more fast food and convenience snacks

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Children in many countries are eating more fast food and convenience snacks. Why are children doing this and how serious are the consequences?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1: 
Nowadays, children are opting more and more junk foods over homemade foods. Although, such food has less nutritional value when compared to the home made items, but still the trend of eating fast food is catching fast among the younger generation. There are numerous reasons that are driving children towards unhealthy options.
To begin with, parents these days have long working hours and have less time to prepare food at home. Further with more fast food eating places being opened at every corner of the street, which are easily approachable and reasonably priced, thus children trying these options are increasing fast.  Moreover, eating at restaurants has also become a part of status symbol among youngsters and as a result young kids are spending significant share of their pocket money at these places.
Such an over consumption of fast food can impact the health of the children. As the fast food is generally fried to taste good, thus having more of fried food can increase cholesterol which in turn puts a bad effect on the functioning of the heart. When a food is fried, it loses its nutritional value, which leads to fatigue. Having junk food often can make children obese which is the main reason behind many health problems.
To sum up, even though fast food is easily available and not overpriced, it has less nutritional content. Consuming junk food can make children obese and increase health issues. Therefore, it is advisable to eat to homemade nutritious food item than fast food for a fit and healthy life.

[ Written by - Riya Nagpal ]
Model Answer 2: 
Now a days, junk food has emerged as the most preferable choice among children, when we discuss about the various eating options. There are a number of reasons that fast food is very popular among them, but this has led to very negative impacts on the health of the young ones.
One of the core reasons, which have immensely affected the fragile minds of the young ones, is advertisements. The visuals and presentation of junk food in advertisements are very attractive and appealing, as children tend to opt for junk food over homemade food. Also, the fast food chains are easily approachable these days as compared to earlier times. Other important reason is control of parents on children, due to their busy office schedules these days. Parents often pamper their children by increasing their pocket money and full filling all their needs, which as a result make children to follow their own liking.
The habit of consuming more and more junk food can be very dangerous for the health of the young ones, as the nutritional value of such food is very low in comparison to homemade food. The use of chemical preservatives in junk food may cause serious health problems. In a survey, it has been found that children consuming more junk food are prone to obesity and have weak immune system, which is a serious issue.
In conclusion, junk food has become a convenient option for the young generation due to its abundance and fancy advertisement, but it has severe consequences on the health of the young ones. So parents should take appropriate steps to make sure that their children opt for healthy options for prolong and healthy life ahead.

[ Written by - Ketan Bembi ]
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