Critical Question- Is it hard to be healthy in Melbourne?

Is it hard to be healthy in Melbourne?

The definition of healthy is “being in good health, feeling fit and healthy” this is according to the dictionary.

So being healthy In Melbourne can be quite difficult and easy since there are many different aspects to consider. One of them is that there are fast food places at every suburb, so you can’t run away from fast food joints. Another aspect to consider is that there are gyms everywhere and you can do many things in Australia to stay healthy. Many people say it is very easy to stay healthy, but others say it is quite difficult to be healthy. What I can say so far is, if it is so easy to be healthy in Melbourne, then why are so many people obese in Melbourne? Though it must be remembered that there are different ways to be healthy, this includes Mental Health, Physical Health and Social Health. So that means that everyone is and isn’t healthy in some specific way. Correct?

I will be telling you how it can be difficult and easy to be healthy in Melbourne. Firstly I will talk about how it can be difficult to be healthy in Melbourne.

People also say that it is too tempting to buy food, such as KFC, Maccas, Hungry Jacks or Red Rooster; because it is really yummy and sometimes homemade food takes too long to prepare and make. There are also the people who wake up really early for work and therefore cannot eat any breakfast, so they eat at fast food joints located everywhere. Fast food is quite a problem, because they are located everywhere as I have already mentioned. The thing about fast food is that they are located everywhere. Where ever you go, there is sure to be a fast food place around a corner or simply across the road. It is actually ridiculous, just in the CBD of Melbourne there are 33 places where you can get Maccas from, when Mc Donald’s started there were simply 33 in the whole of Melbourne. That is why it is sometimes hard to resist fast food, every corner you turn there is another fast food joint that is just piling up the money.

A test run by a website called “SPARKPEOPLE” showed that Healthy Food can sometimes be much more expensive than buying fast food. People said and I quote: “I can’t afford to buy healthy food.” “Fruits and vegetables are too expensive.” “Grocery store prices are astronomical.” “It’s cheaper to eat fast food.”  The amazing thing is that a lot of the times these claims came to be true. In fact about 40% of the time did these claims come up to be fake, which is completely ridiculous and unfair to families with low wages.  For just $27.89c you can get 2 Big Macs, 1 Cheeseburger, 16 pieces of Chicken McNuggets, 2 Medium Fries, 2 Small Fries, 2 Medium Cokes and 2 Small Cokes. A Healthy meal for about the same price has 1 Potato, 1 Piece of Salmon and about 4 Pieces of Lettuce.  I’m sure you will choose the fast food option, which you can feed 2 Adults, 2 Children and 1 enfant.

Now I will talk about how it can be easy to be healthy in Melbourne.

On Wednesday, we went on our first trail for the week. We were able to choose where we wanted to go, and we were given three choices. One was going to a farm, another was doing a Zumba course and the last was climbing 1000 steps. I personally chose the Farm and I had quite a good time. I believe that the farm experience I had was very good for Mental and Social Health. Since we did a bit of gardening, which required putting all your anger trying to kill some weeds. We also feed animals and ate at a lovely place. From my observations I believe that the Zumba and 1000 steps were probably more of a Physical and Social Health aspect. I believe this because from the questions I have asked and a bit of general knowledge dancing and climbing steps can be quite good exercise, that leads to having good physical health. Also I know that dancing and walking can be a great way to talk with friends, since there is quite a bit of time burn. What we did was a good way to keep healthy, since being healthy can be measured in different ways. Later on Friday we had a session of sport, we did fitness training and played an awesome game of dodge ball afterwards. I know that this was strictly Physical Health with a bit of Social. This is because we ran about doing the beep test; we also did push ups, sit ups and the sit & reach to measure how flexible we were. This all seemed like great ways to be Physically Healthy. Others may say that being healthy requires vigorous work outs and tired muscles the next day.

Many people also go to the gym, they go swimming, they walk, run, clean, garden and do much more. There are many things to do in Melbourne which can keep you healthy in all the aspects. Firstly gardening or simply just talking to friends can be very good for Mental and Social Health. This is because when you are gardening, you are pulling weeds out, at times people do this aggressively and gardening helps them chill out. Talking to friends can also be a great way to make new friends and keep in touch with old ones. People who swim, run, walk the dog or go to the gym are improving their Mental, Physical and Social Health. This is because they are exercising and burning fat, which equals to losing weight. They are also sometimes talking to other people and when they are frustrated they lose anger because they are focused on what they are doing.

So now that I have said my reasons and research I must come to a fancy conclusion. I have found it quite hard and easy to be difficult in Melbourne. It is easy because there are many different things out in the world for us to do. It is also hard because there are temptations and sometimes just lazy people. I have thought about this for some time, and I think this is a brilliant question to ask because it makes you think. I am not 100% sure about this, though if I did have to choose I would have to say it is not hard to be healthy in Melbourne. I say this because if you can resist the temptations of fast food. You can get out there and do many different things. Melbourne has an amazing range of ways for a person to keep healthy.

So get out there and experience what you can do. Whether it’s just simply walking the dog or climbing 1000 steps, to simply volunteering at a farm to doing Zumba. There are plenty of things to be done in Melbourne and there is a big culture in Melbourne to, with lots of different people.
-Sam Dzeladin 9S1 Galileo

By the way I hoped you like reading 1,203 words. If you didn’t enjoy it tell me and I will make it shorter.


One thought on “Critical Question- Is it hard to be healthy in Melbourne?

  1. Week 3 – Critical Question Assessment



    There are many strengths in this first response to a critical question:

    You have given the question a great deal of thought and have clearly sought additional information to help you form a well balanced opinion.

    You took the time to consider both sides in depth in order to arrive at a decision about the ease with which people can be healthy in Melbourne.

    In terms of improving future responses to critical questions…

    It is important to be as concise as possible – you are a great communicator, however, there were times when you repeated yourself, making the same point three or four times.

    If you are able to make the point once, backed up by evidence drawn from class, trail and/or research – you will find that your work is clear and convincing.

    I can see that you did additional research – the dictionary for a definition, health and McDonalds related websites and conversations with friends, however, you forgot to provide a reference list – you need to get into the habit!

    Sam – I look forward to seeing your response to the justice week question!



    Coherence of argument: level 0.5 of 1
    Use of evidence: level 2 of 2
    Further Research: level 0 of 1
    Multiple Perspectives: level 1 of 2
    Critical Thinking: level 0 of 1
    Expression & language use: level 1 of 1

    These levels refer to the

    Assessment Rubric.

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