The Effects Of Obesity In College Students

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Obesity can be defined as the state of being over one 's normal healthy weight. The National Institute of Health has defined obesity as being over the Body Mass Index of 30 (About NIH Obesity Research). The Center for Disease Control defines obesity as one 's weight being endangering to their health (Data and Statistics). However, the most terrifying fact about obesity is that one in three college students is considered to be overweight or obese (Sparling). In a peer reviewed popular Obesity journal, Susan Racette completed a study on weight changes from freshman through senior year of college. The results found that, weight increased significantly, but modestly throughout all four years and was highly variable between students (Racette). …show more content…
The Lance Armstrong Livestrong website describes it best as: the short-term health effects of obesity are difficulty standing and walking, shortness of breath during routine activities, problems with breathing during sleep as well as difficulty sleeping, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure (Myers). The long-term effects of obesity are not limited to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, stroke, type II diabetes, osteoarthritis and cancers. (Myers). These potential physical symptoms are scary, and there needs to be a higher emphasis on taking care of our bodies. Not only are there negative physical effects that directly coincide with obesity, but there are several negative mental health effects. Most college students who struggle with weight also struggle with depression, self-esteem issues, emotional eating and discrimination. Amanda Gardner, an American obesity journalist, perfectly sums it up in her article stating, “On one hand, being obese could weaken social skills if one becomes isolated due to bullying or stigmatization. On the other hand, she adds, poor social skills could lead to sadness, which could lead to poor eating habits and weight gain if one turns to food for comfort,” (Gardner). The future of America is killing themselves with a disease that is almost completely …show more content…
The main benefit of a health and wellness class at CSU would be the vast amount of education that students would receive. Students will have the opportunity to learn everything related to health and wellness that they may not otherwise learn. There are millions of different myths around living a healthy lifestyle that can create unhealthy habits. Some of these unhealthy habits that can be formed are binge eating, anorexia, and other eating disorders which can be extremely harmful to the body. Other unhealthy habits include a misunderstanding about proper nutrition and exercise requirements. All of these disorders along with obesity will be discussed in the suggested class, and provide students with correct information so that they can live long, prosperous

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