Reading Aloud 18

Too much food can kill

Parents love their children. They want them to be happy, so give them what they want. This is often the reason children start bad habits, such as unhealthy eating.

Childhood obesity is on the rise all over the world, including in Hong Kong . Because of the Chinese belief that eating a lot brings good fortune, Hong Kong parents offer lots of food to their children. Hong Kong children always have access to lots of snacks.

Most snacks contain a lot of fat and sugar and no nutrients. As a result, children who eat a lot of snacks could suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases.

Not only can overeating affect children's outward appearance, it can also affect their confidence because of what they look like.

In my opinion, if parents want their children to be healthy, they should offer them healthy snacks such as vegetables and fruits.

Last but not least, parents should set a good example for their children. This will encourage their children to lead a healthy life.

Kate Lo Wai Man ( 7A )
South China Morning Post ( September 27, 2007 )


1. obesity (n) 肥胖
2. belief (n) 信念

3. fortune (n) 好運

4. nutrients (n) 營養物

5. snacks (n) 小吃
6. diabetes (n) 糖尿病

7. appearance (n) 外貌

8. confidence (n) 信心

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2. on the rise 增加
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