IELTS Writing Task 1 – Graphs

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IELTS Task 1 Writing
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The following graphs show the weight distributions of people in a city in two years. Describe the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words. (Your maximum word count is only limited by space and time. Band 8 and 9 essays will be closer to 200 words.)
OVERVIEW (1. Paraphrase of the question WITH details, 2. The most observable feature)
Charlestown, 1955, 2015, underweight, ideal, overweight, obese, 20 – 69; five age groups (10 yrs.), bar graphs.

The two bar graphs illustrate the various weights of five different age groups, categorized as underweight, ideal, overweight, and obese in the city of Charlestown for the years 1955 and 2015. Immediately, it is clear that the is a significant variance of weight distributions among age groups and between the two years.

ANALYSES

A deeper observation, the majority of people in Charlestown in 1955 were an ideal weight, around 70% of 20-year-olds, and roughly 60% to 50% of the other age groups fell into this category. In the same year, underweight citizens ranged from 15% to 41%. This weight category decreased from the 20s’ age group, at 28%, to the 40s’ age group and then increased again to the 60 and over the group, at 41%. The inverse pattern was true for overweight and obese people as underweight people, but with fewer numbers overall. There was just 2% of 20-29-year-olds that were overweight and this increased to a quarter of 40-49-year-olds before decreasing slightly in each consecutive age group. Very few people were obese in 1955. This is in stark contrast to 60 years later when a large proportion of Charlestown’s inhabitants are obese, especially the 50s and 60s age groups. In addition, the number of overweight people in each category is much more after the millennium and those of ideal mass and underweight are much less. These figures are most extreme for the 40-49 years-old age groups and above.
In summary, it is clearly notable that the population of Charlestown has a severe increase in the percentage of weight problems in the population six decades after 1955.

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