B1 Dialog #13. Talking about junk food

In this video, we talk about junk food in English. As always, the text for the video is available via the link in the description. Join us on Telegram and Instagram. We will be happy to answer all questions in the comments.

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Talking about junk food

(1) What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘junk food’?

I start thinking about fast food, burgers and hot dogs. Also some thoughts about chips spring to my mind. 

(2) How often do you eat junk food?

Not so often. Maybe one pack of chips per a month or one burger with fries, not more.

(3) What is it about junk food that is so bad for us?  

The quality of this food is low. A lot of sugar, a lot of fat and others unhealthy components. 

(4) Do you think there should be a junk food tax to help pay for people who go to hospital with heart and weight problems?

That’s a difficult question. If you don’t want to have problems with your health, don’t eat this food. I don’t think that producers are on blame. They make it, because people buy it. Where there’s demand, there’s supply. That’s it.

(5) Why is junk food so delicious?

Because it contains a lot of simple carbohydrates like sugar. It’s tasty, but harmful.

(6) Are parents who feed junk food to their children irresponsible?

Yes they are. It’s well known that junk food is not healthy. Parents should explain it to their children. 

(7) Do you think there’ll be more or less junk food in the future?

Unless people stop buying it, there will be more and more junk food. I’m sure.

(8) What junk food do you really, really like?

A good burger can be tasty and not so harmful. I like it the most.

(9) Is the junk food from your country tastier than the junk food from other countries?

Yes it is. We have traveled a lot. And I always noticed the difference in junk food of other countries. It’s really worse than in Russia. I don’t know why.

(10) How can you change your lifestyle to eat less junk food?

I think it’s some kind of addiction. So people should just stop eating and start eating some normal food instead. That’s it.

(1) Do lots of people eat junk food in your country?

I think yes. And it’s getting more and more every year.

(2) Does your government educate people about the dangers of junk food?

I wouldn’t say so. At least I don’t see it. 

(3) Do you think junk food makers are immoral and should think more about people’s health?

No, I don’t think so. Food makers just do their job and earn money. They don’t make people buy junk food. 

(4) What do you think of people who eat mostly junk food?

All people do what they want with their life. I never charge anybody for that. And I don’t like when someone tells me how to live. 

(5) Does junk food or good quality healthy food make you happier?

I like good quality healthy food. Of course it makes me happier than junk food.

(6) If you had to choose between a strict vegetarian diet forever or a junk food diet forever, which would you choose?

It’s an interesting question. I think I’d choose junk food. But it depends what kind of junk food would you mean. It can be different.

(7) Why does junk food cost so much?

I don’t know really. It’s a market. Where there’s demand, there’s supply. 

(8) What is the definition of junk food?

Junk means bad. So it’s basically bad and unhealthy food, like fast food, different snacks, soda drinks, burgers and so on. 

(9) Is chocolate the most addictive junk food?

Yes I think it is. Especially for children. Everyone likes chocolate. 

(10) Do you think people ate junk food hundreds of years ago?

I think they didn’t, because it was not invented yet. Hundreds of years ago people mostly ate good food.