The Ideal Intervention Method for Colleges Essays

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A recent study conducted by the American College Health Association characterized 38.7% males and 26.1% females in college as overweight or obese. (Reed et. al 298) As much alarming a situation it is, it could also raise questions of validity whether college is the actual reason of this situation. Results from a prospective longitudinal study acknowledge this doubt, and suggest that men and women in their first year of college gain weight more rapidly than the average American at the same age. (Holm-Denoma et al. S3) The infamous “Freshman 15” is an implication of the same, where inappropriate diet results in freshmen gaining fifteen pounds of weight. These sources indicate that there seems to be a detrimental connection between college …show more content…
A recent study conducted by the American College Health Association characterized 38.7% males and 26.1% females in college as overweight or obese. (Reed et. al 298) As much alarming a situation it is, it could also raise questions of validity whether college is the actual reason of this situation. Results from a prospective longitudinal study acknowledge this doubt, and suggest that men and women in their first year of college gain weight more rapidly than the average American at the same age. (Holm-Denoma et al. S3) The infamous “Freshman 15” is an implication of the same, where inappropriate diet results in freshmen gaining fifteen pounds of weight. These sources indicate that there seems to be a detrimental connection between college and the health of students. As a solution to this association, many American colleges have initiated intervention methods, aiming to educate students about the importance healthy dining. These intervention methods range in type, such as point of selection, in person, prototyping, online and environmental intervention. Yet one question, which is seldom discussed, is: Which one of these intervention methods is ideal for a college setting? A question that possesses exigency for nutritionists and college authorities alike, the answer is surprisingly complicated: No intervention method I have found is ideal. Every intervention method that we will discuss possesses enough limitations for it to not qualify as the most dependable. I shall go