Band 6.5 – Scientists agree that people are damaging their health by eating too much junk food.



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Essay task

Scientists agree that people are damaging their health by eating too much junk food. Some people think that the answer to this problem is to educate people. Others think education will not work. Discuss both views and give your opinion

Essay correction

People have different views about whether education is the most effective tool to dampen down the overeating junk food problem. While many claim that education will be relatively unhelpful in reducing such an issue, I strongly support the idea that education will be the most beneficial weapon to fight over the overconsuming of fast food in todays’ generation.

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Day by day, fast food has become increasingly popular in this busy and hurried world. Some people think that giving education to people who like to eat too much junk food is not necessary. There are several reasons behind this argument. For instance, there are many intellectual officers in favour of fast food due to its convenience and portable manners, despite their profound education and knowledges of nutrition- related. Another reason is that, the modern living lifestyle has contributed to the severe of the issue. For example, the educated-persons mentioned previously choose to consume too much fast food because their busy schedules and lifestyles. Therefore, fast food has answered their needs in term of time saving. As for these reasons, it is understandable why supporters are thinking that education will not be a practical deterrent to the junk food overconsumption problem.

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  • Is that modern …. (no comma is required. A comma is required when you do not use “that”. Example: another reason, modern lifestyle has ………..)
  • Modern living lifestyle (do not use “the” when you generalize the idea)
  • To the severity (a noun is required and not an adjective)
  • Because of their busy schedules (a preposition is missing)
  • Supporters think (use the present simple with facts and habits)

However, I extremely oppose the mentioned opinion above. Giving an effective education will help people to have a better understanding idea of the detrimental effects of junk food to ones’ health. For example, if many people know that these unhealthy food might cause many terrible cancer types and other diseases, they might reconsider of buying or consuming too much junk food. Moreover, establishing an appropriated nutrition programs would help raise sustainable awareness among people especially children and adolescents. There beneficiaries will cultivate a life- time habit of refraining from junk food or restricting such intake.

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In conclusion, as discussed above, although there are reasonable arguments against education, I firmly believe that educational measure would significantly mitigate junk food consumption and deter the problem from being exacerbated further.


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Estimated Band: 6.5

Task achievement(6.5)

  • addresses the requirements of the task
  • presents an overview with information appropriately Selected
  • presents a purpose that is generally clear; there may be inconsistencies in tone
  • presents and adequately highlights key features/ bullet points but details may be irrelevant, inappropriate or inaccurate

Coherence and cohesion(6.5)

  • arranges information and ideas coherently and there is a clear overall progression
  • uses cohesive devices effectively, but cohesion within and/or between sentences may be faulty or mechanical
  • may not always use referencing clearly or appropriately

Lexical resources(6.5)

  • uses an adequate range of vocabulary for the task
  • attempts to use less common vocabulary but with some inaccuracy
  • makes some errors in spelling and/or word formation, but they do not impede communication

Grammatical range(6.5)

  • uses a mix of simple and complex sentence forms
  • makes some errors in grammar and punctuation but they rarely reduce communication



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A sample answer

In the modem world, there has been an accelerating trend of people eating unhealthy food, posing detrimental threats to their health. While some people regard education as an ineffective measure to resolve the problem. I would contend that this practice would serve as a definitely workable solution to tackling such a problem.

There is a common belief that education would not be an effective method of deterring people from consuming a large amount of junk food. Supporters of this view might argue that the modem living style is the root of this issue, which would not be efficiently addressed by education. For example. there are many intellectual officers in favor of fast food due to its convenience and portable manner. Despite of their profound nutrition-related knowledge and awareness, these busy consumers opt for fast food for the sake of time-saving. Besides, there are other efficient solutions to curbing junk food consumption. For instance, the government could impose higher taxation schemes on junk food. By raising fast food prices, such a strict legal action could yield immediate and widespread effects on consumer behavior, thus bringing forth a quicker decline in junk food consumption compared to education.

However, I would strongly endorse education an effective key to the junk food overconsumption problem. The primary reason is that an appropriate education would efficiently raise eaters’ awareness which may act as a deterrent to people’s opting for unhealthy food. For instance, once people gain insightful knowledge and awareness of life-threatening cancers and diseases caused by overeating fast food, they would be more likely to put an end to such a harmful eating habit. Another supporting reason is that nutrition education programs, compared to other measures such as imposing higher tax could result in more sustainable awareness and behavior change among people from all walks of life, especially children and adolescents. These beneficiaries will cultivate a life-time habit of refraining from junk food or restricting such intake.

To sum up, although there are reasonable arguments against education, I firmly believe that educational measures would significantly mitigate junk food consumption and deter the problem from being exacerbated further.







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