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PAPER 1: DIRECTED WRITING (35 MARKS)

SAMPLE ESSAY: SPEECH/TALK


THEME: HEALTH ISSUE
A very _____________________ to Puan Normah Nordin, Headmistress
of SMK Taman Indah, teachers and fellow students. As you are aware, our
school is organizing a Health Week to raise awareness among students
about the need to be more health conscious. Obesity has been on the rise
among young people. As the Chairperson of the organizing committee, I
would like to give a talk on __________________________.

Teachers and fellow friends,


There are many reasons contributing to obesity. Firstly, the
continuous ________________ is the main factor for one to be obese. Eating
too much _______________ and fast food such as potato chips, fries and
crackers in between meals is a reason why youngsters are putting on
weight nowadays. All this food items contain ___________________ that are
not needed by our body and thus are stored as fat.
In addition most young people ____________________ exercising. They
prefer to hang out at shopping complexes or internet cafes rather than
exercise. Without proper exercise they do not work off the extra fat thus
become overweight.

Another reason is their ____________________. In most homes, there


are maids to do the house chores. Young people tend to be lazy and less
active. They will loosen their extra weight slower or not at all. The worst
part is that having __________________________ is a very common habit
among teenagers nowadays. This is not healthy at all as after supper they
will go to bed thus making them overweight.

However there are many ways for a person to lose weight. Here are
some suggestions on how you can throw away those extra unwanted kilos.
Exercise

is

the

key

to

lose

weight.

You

should

exercise

_____________________________ in order to burn the extra fat that is stored in


the body. The easiest exercise you can do is jogging or brisk walking as it
is simple, easy and cheap. All you need to do is to take a brisk walk
around the neighbourhood to lose some weight.

You will also have to _____________________ food. If you eat two bowls
of rice for lunch and dinner, reduce the amount of rice to one bowl. The
fact that by lowering the intake of food that is ______________________ such
as sweets, cakes, chocolates and carbonated drinks will help you lose
weight. Other than that, changing ___________________ will also help you
control your weight. You have to adopt proper eating habits in order to
lose weight.

Eating a lot of vegetables and fruits instead of junk food helps to


reduce your weight. Eating three meals a day ___________________ will help
to reduce weight and to stay healthy. Alternatively, instead of having three
meals a day you can have five __________________ a day so as not to feel
hungry.

Teachers and fellow friends,


Before I conclude, I hope my talk has been helpful. I hope you have
gained some insight about the problem of obesity among young people
and learnt ways to control your weight. ____________________ for your
attention.

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Thank you

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