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Do people have a responsibility to society to stay healthy, be active and eat well?
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June 29, 2012
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Staying healthy through playing sports and eating well should be an individual’s duty towards society rather than a habit for personal benefits. To what extent do you agree or disagree?  

The proliferation of sedentary life style in the modern society produces many detrimental effects  on both individuals and the society level. Some people assert that it should be one's duty towards the society to stay healthy, while the others contend that staying healthy through playing sports and eating well is completely for personal benefits, having nothing to do with the community. Personally, I am in favor of the latter opinion. 

People would be better motivated by personal interests than by social welfare. The perspective of possible athletic scholarship promotes many teenagers to play sports which they are not interested in. The fame and money is their solitary goal in the beginning, but they finally get the fun and exercise of playing sports as well. Moreover, making friends is also one popular incentive for people to play sports. Sports creates goodwill between the players. "Sportsmanship" means that we play with the most savage competitive instincts while in the arena, but shake hands and wish our opponents good luck when the game is over. Lastly, "I need to keep healthy", is what most people think when they decide to do exercises or to be on a diet. Obviously, we can be sure that personal benefits is the major concern for people to stay healthy.

It is undeniable that society benefits from healthy population. Burgeoning healthcare expenditure is a dead burden on our government budget. A research conducted by the National Academy of Social Science revealed that nearly 75% percent of the healthcare spending of the Chinese citizens happens in the last year of our life. Could any situation be more grimly whimsical than that? It is imperative for us to improve our life style. But there should not be a national legislation forcing people to keep healthy through playing sports and eating well. That is not only impractical but also a violation of the civil rights of our citizens.

There is no doubt that eligible citizens should always keep the social welfare in mind, but staying healthy should be personal concern rather than social obligation.

June 29, 2012
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I found this topic unusual. So I decided to work on it. 

As for the essay by Lifei, the essay is great. I don't have any comments but I think there could be more lines in conclusion.

 

Here is my try...

 

Living healthy has been the wish of many people. For being healthy, people emphasize on balanced diet and enough physical activities by playing sports. In my opinion, staying healthy is solely personal interest which also has some indirect social implications. In the paragraphs that follow, I explain the reasons why being healthy is more for personal benefit, nevertheless I also include its indirect social implications.

Healthy life is directly related to someone personal benefits it encompasses. Healthier people are expected to be fit mentally and physically which is directly related to the higher work productivity. In the course of being ‘fit’, people play different games that help them to increase the friend circle and increase the interaction with different people. It is generally agreed that the public connection is always an asset. At last, playing in team instill in them team work capacity and understanding, helping and respecting others. Moreover, people will be motivated to be healthy by playing or by proper diet for personal benefits rather collective benefit. For someone who joins gyms, starts jogging, plays football or pays attention on diet, personal benefits are often the motivational factor.

Looking at global perspective, it is unanimously agreed fact that group of healthy persons makes the healthy society and healthy nation. Healthier society means there is reduced number of avoidable but otherwise common health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and some forms cancer. Reduction is such problems leads to the saving of large share of government spending which can be spent well in other social welfare activities. Poor health is not only problem to the patients but also to the relatives and close members of the respective society. Someone needs to find time for nursing and taking care of patient which could be reduced to some level if every individual is motivated on being healthy.

In conclusion, no one can argue that group of healthy individuals is beneficial to the society and the nation in macroscopic level. But staying healthy is personal preferences. People can only be motivated to being healthy only on the terms personal benefits.

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