Eating Habits In College

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The expense of going to college or university can be enormous and overwhelming for students and parents. These costs can include, but are not limited to, transportation to and from campus, tuition, dorm fees, books, and many other “basics” for a young university student, leaving a lot of financial ground to cover. This often leaves little to no room for money to spare for a healthy diet, as students are generally relying on snacks and dining halls for their meals. “College is a time when young people begin to reinforce their eating habits. If you gain weight during this period of your life, it is generally an indicator that weight gain will continue after graduation” (Gores). With this knowledge in mind, developing good eating habits is very important. Developing a healthy eating plan is one way a student can start to combat the “Freshmen 15.” “Studies show that students on average gain 3 to 10 pounds during their first 2 years of college. Most of this weight gain occurs during the first semester of freshman year” (Hirsch 1) but research also suggests “that weight gain during the pursuit of higher education may go well beyond the first year, and could be a bigger health threat than parents, students, or scientists realized” (O’Connor). There are quite a few things that can contribute to this weight gain. • Researchers in an Auburn study observed that the "growth" they found in the college students consisted primarily of fat mass (meaning natural growth patterns could
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