IELTS Writing 12 Topics Sample #1/12 : Health 05

The government has the duty to ensure that its citizens have a healthy diet, while others believe this is individuals responsibility. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some people think that it is the government’s duty to ensure that its citizens have a healthy diet. Other people believe that dietary choices are the responsibility of individuals. I agree that dietary choices should be left to individuals.

Some people maintain that the government should be involved in this because there are some people who are not willing to take responsibility for their own health. Those same people may argue that if a person does not have a healthy diet, they will be more likely to become sick. If that happens, the government may then have to spend monies to care for people that might not be sick if they have taken responsibility for their own health.

Even though there may be some truth to that, it should be pointed out that the government cannot do everything for its citizens. At some point, those citizens have to take responsibility for their own choices and actions. It is unrealistic to think that the government has the financial resources to monitor what individuals include in their diets Even if some food products were banned, the government would have expenditures in trying to make sure those items would not be sold on the black market or illegally smuggled.

In my opinion, dietary choices should remain with individuals and it is unnecessary for government to play a large role in dictating what its citizens can and cannot eat. Even though I believe that it is the responsibility of our government to make sure that our foods are as safe as possible, it should then be our individual responsibility to make sure they eat healthy.

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