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  • How much interest do you take in the issue of health? Do you buy health-related magazines?
  • how much sleep do you need
  • What kind of exercise - if any - do you do, and how often do you do it? What effects does it have on you?
  • How many hours do you sleep at night? Do you think that you sleep too much or not enough?
  • What is the best way to deal with stress?
  • What is the average amount of sleep needed?
  • Do you think that going down to the pub is a good way to deal with stress?
  • What would you recommend to treat a hangover?
  • What do you think of homeopathic or holistic medicine?
  • Do you think that pets have a positive or negative influence on people’s health? Why?
  • Do you think that computers might be bad for people’s health? In what way?
  • Many people in western societies are worried about their weight. Do you feel they are right to worry for health reasons or are they just obsessed about their appearance?
  • Do you consider yourself a hypochondriac? Do you know anybody who might be considered one?
  • How often do you catch a cold?
  • Many people say that if you become cold you can catch a cold. Do you agree - or do you think that you can only catch a cold if you are infected with a virus?
  • What treatment would you recommend to a person who has a cold?
  • If someone has a cold should they struggle in to work or school and infect everybody or should they be lazy and stay at home?
  • Are you allergic to anything? What effect do your allergies have on you?
  • How do you feel about needles?
  • How often do you visit the dentist?
  • What do you think of cosmetic surgery? Do you know anyone who has had cosmetic surgery? Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery?


  • Have you ever:
    • Broken a bone.
    • Had a black eye.
    • Lost a tooth.
    • Burned yourself.
    • Had any stitches.
    • Sprained your ankle.
    • Fainted.
    • Had trauma.
  • If so - what happened?

Health service

  • Do you have a national health service in your country? It so, which parts are free and which parts do you have to pay for?
  • In the USA some quarters resist the idea of government-funded health-care. What do you think is the basis of this resistance?
  • How long do you usually have to wait to be treated by the state?
  • What do you think about people paying extra money to jump queues to get hospital treatment?
  • Do you think (or suspect) that people who work for the health service get better free treatment than those who do not? If so, what is your opinion of this situation?
  • What is your opinion of your doctor?
  • In some countries, the average time a doctor spends with a patient is eight minutes. What do you think are the consequences of this?
  • In some countries, doctors are criticized as being mere "prescription writers". What is your experience?
  • Have you ever spent time in hospital? What was the problem?
  • How would you feel if you had to go to a hospital in a foreign country?
  • What is your opinion of alternative medicine?
  • Do you think doctors prescribe too much medication?


  • What part - if any - do you think that diet plays in illness?
  • How important is having a good meal program?
  • How many portions of fruit and vegetables do you eat every day?
  • Do you think it is necessary for healthy people to take additional vitamins or mineral supplements?
  • Do you know any vegetarians? What are the arguments for and against?
  • How often do you eat fast food? What is your opinion of fast food?
  • We are often assured that our food is “safe”. Is all food “safe”? Is any food “safe”?
  • Which do you think is the most dangerous for your health:
    • Ten cigarettes every day.
    • Half a bottle of wine every day.
    • Regularly eating genetically modified food.

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