Topic: In many countries, children are becoming overweight and unhealthy. Some people think that the government should have the responsibility. What extent do you agree or disagree?
In recent years, childhood obesity has become one of the most serious health threats. A number of people hold the idea that the policy makers should be held accountable for this problem. Though it is logical to think in that way, I am of the opinion that it is the adults that should also share the responsibility.
First of all, it is incumbent upon the government to hold the duty of preventing the spread of obesity over children. In most developed countries such as the United States, it comes as no surprise that attracting fast food commercials appear at a regular basis on social media, luring the children into the mass consumption of processed food like hamburgers or chicken nuggets. Therefore, the authorities have every obligation to enforce laws to restrict the availability of such advertisement on certain time; they can also request the content of those foods be publicized.
Having said that, the heavy responsibility also lies on the adults, especially the parents and teachers. For one thing, there are indulgent parents who are more than willing to get their children what they need, consequently letting them practice unhealthy eating habits like consuming junk foods ferociously. What’s more, a concerning reality suggests that teachers are cutting the amount of physical education classes to allocate the time for main, compulsory classes like Math or Literature, which means less time for children with their exercising. This is why the adults also have to share the duty to fight against this obesity crisis.
To recapitulate, though the government must take immediate action to tackle this problem of children getting overweight, I personally believe we adults, parents and teachers mostly, also have to join hand in helping to eradicate this childhood disease.
Võ Minh Sử – Chủ sáng lập Homeschooling English Center.