Welcome to college, the home of no boundaries and no one watching your every move. Now the uphill battle begins, college is a whole new world compared to high school, and there is no one to coddle you or attend to your every need. Students need help to get them through countless nights that will not end. Many students will turn to energy drinks, sugar loaded coffee, and snacks. Around Christmas time students go home to weigh themselves to find out they’ve gained they promised themselves they wouldn’t. Many make a New Years resolution to lose what they’ve gained, but more often than not students don’t always keep up with dieting and exercising. It is a vicious cycle every semester, a constant struggle between staying healthy and keeping afloat with their studies. Eating is a coping mechanism; students turn to eating in times of stress to help them get through a rough time. When a student constantly stress eats, weight gain is inevitable. The transition from home to college life takes its toll on students and they find that they gain weight. Students should understand the risky behaviors that they partake in and the measures to prevent weight gain.
There are numerous risk factors that determine if a student does or does not gain weight as a freshman. Each factor adds stress to the student and while the student copes with the stress they find ways to reduce the amount of stress in their lives. “Stress can weaken the immune system and increase the need for more nutrients. When stress it is even more important for students to maintain a balance diet.” (University Health Center). When students leave home, they leave the structured and supportive environment. The student is officially in charge of all aspects o...
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...re the due date but also students can take advantage of university services and faculty office hours. This can overall reduce the social stress to get good grades.
To avoid unnecessary weight gain college students must learn what healthy eating really means. The United States Department of Agriculture is responsible for providing educational information about diet to the public. It is recommended that college aged women should intake only about 2,000 calories and men 2,400 calories per day. A recent New York Times article helped visualize 2,000 calories. At popular fast food restaurants one meal typically exceeded the 2,000 calorie mark. For example at Chipotle, a Caritas burrito, chips with guacamole, and a soda weighed in at 8 calories less than 2,000. At Sonic one drink can tip the scales; a large Peanut Butter Caramel Pie Shake contains 2,090 calories (Barrow).
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