IELTS Writing Test in 2017
Research has shown that overeating is as harmful as smoking. Therefore, the advertising of certain food products should be banned in the same way as the advertising of cigarettes in some countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
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It is argued that overeating and smoking can be equally detrimental. Consequently, there should be a ban on advertisements of several food products in a similar way to the prohibition of tobaccos. I partly agree with this viewpoint.
I am in favor of this ban on advertising a number of food items resulting overeating, which pose threats to health conditions like tobacco smoking. When it comes to cigarette smoking, no sooner do smokers absorb numerous chemical substances included in cigarettes into their body than they may be confronted with respiratory diseases like lung cancer or sore throats. Therefore, forbidding cigarette advertisements is synonyms with preventing the above mentioned potential health risks. Similarly, when advertising several foods is prohibited, there is likely to be a decreasing number of individuals knowing these products, which include a high quantity of health-damaging agents like fat or sugar. This prohibition makes significant contributions to reducing widespread overeating and guaranteeing good health conditions for social members.
However, I oppose this ban because other factors may also cause overeating. One obvious element can be that there is an availability of different kinds of parties like farewell parties, house-warming parties or wedding parties. Consequently, people attend almost all of these parties with a view to sharing, or maintaining relationships or expanding their social network, which is responsible for food overconsumption. Another possible factor resulting in overeating is that several parents with low awareness of the hidden health hazards of uncontrolled eating habits could allow their children to eat to the best of their ability for the benefits of their overall growth. That is why, children can eat excessively and they are likely to sustain serious health problems – this situation is not related to food commercials.
In conclusion, based on my above-mentioned analyses and explanations, I partly approve of the ban on several foods like the prohibition of tobacco smoking.