Major Health Problems

In this advanced English listening practice video clip, a Canadian woman talks about modern health problems and what causes them.

Self Study


Listen to the dialogue in the episode again. Try to write down what they say and then check with the answers below.


Some major health problems right now is (are) heart disease, cancer is a big one, I mean the list goes on and on and on. And most of these come from stress, not having a proper diet, not exercising.

So it’s really important for us to keep our bodies healthy and at (in) the best shape that we possibly can be.

I like to think as my (of my) body, as a (an) instrument. So the more I tune it, and the more, the better I treat it, the more it’s going to work better.

What happens when people become unhealthy, they become, they have less energy, they become sluggish, they don’t think properly, they’re tired all the time.

Ways they can fix these problems is (are) by eating healthier, so eating nutritious food, eating on a regular basis. Exercising. Exercising is huge, and also things like meditation. Stress is the leading cause of many diseases these days, so by meditation, or things like yoga, things that just calm your mind and calm your body, can be a really great help to get you on the healthier path.

Self Study

Use a voice recorder to try to summarize what they said in the episode. You can use the questions and answers below to help.


  • What are some major health problems these days?
  • What causes the problems?
  • What (metaphor) does she compare her body to?
  • What are some side effects of being unhealthy?
  • How can we fix these health problems?

How can you become healthier?


Cancer and heart disease are big health problems these days.

These diseases are caused by stress, having a bad diet, and lack of exercise.

She thinks her body is like an (musical) instrument. She should tune it, so that she's healthy.

If you're unhealthy you might have less energy, you might be sluggish, you don't think properly, and you're tired all of the time.

We can become healthier by eating well, exercising, and relieving stress through meditation.