Nowadays, human beings are faced with an unprecedented rise in diet-related chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, several cancers, and the list could go on. Under this circumstance, some people, unsurprisingly, contend it is the government’s inaction to promote healthy dietary patterns that is to blame. From my point of view, I agree with them. This perspective will be explored in the following paragraphs.
Firstly, the society is currently flooded with all kinds of health conspiracies, while law enforcement agencies are taking an unbearably slow action to stop them. At the individual level, healthy dietary choices and habits are strongly influenced by what people read about on social media, fake news included, which is supposed to be forbidden in the first place. For instance, although the inventor of the alkaline diet notion has been arrested and convicted in the US, his alternative medicine books are still displayed in bookstores in China. A large number of cancer patients have already foregone traditional medicine treatment and passed away due to his theory, yet the Chinese government has not done anything to stop this potentially lethal food rumor.
Besides, the authorities fail to ensure that students have enough access to healthy eating knowledge. Generally speaking, the reason why adults cannot cultivate positive dietary habits can be largely attributed to their lack of exposure to relevant knowledge in the early age. My parents are a case in point. My mom enjoys high-temperature foods and beverages and insists on doing so even after I told her multiple times that they might cause esophageal cancer. She was barely told to take healthy eating seriously in school and therefore never pays attention to it after growing up. It is much more difficult to change an adult’s mind than to educate a child.
Admittedly, the government has initiated many campaigns to raise awareness of the significance of eating healthily, for example, by providing free nutritious food in school canteens. However, it cannot be denied that there is still a lot of room for improvement. Take a recent news for instance. The free meals in primary schools turned out to be made of substandard ingredients. The intention is good, but the execution is really poor.
In a word, the government still has a lot to do to enhance people’s understanding of how to lead a healthy life through daily meals, and they may probably start by eliminating eating rumors and teaching more courses about health in school.
1. be flooded with: 充满着……
2. law enforcement agency: 执法机构
3. exert a bad influence on: 对……产生不良影响
4. pass away: 去世
5. be attributed to: 归因于……