The Importance Of Overweight And Obesity Among College Students

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Globally, there is ascending prevalence of overweight and obesity amongst university students in both developing and developed countries. The rate of obesity increased more rapidly in developing countries over the past decade in response to them becoming more urbanized, accepting a sedentary lifestyle, and consuming foods that contain high calories. There are similar factors amongst universities in different countries that have been recognized as contributors to the overweight and obesity rate. Those factors are: cultural beliefs, dietary behavior (over consumptions of high caloric foods, red meats, and skipping breakfast) health risk behavior (not being physically active, high consumption of alcoholic beverages, and smoking), and poor mental …show more content…
Many of those students are transitioning from living with their parents, to now living on their own and are forced to adopt their own eating habits. Studies have shown that highly stressed students tend to consume more foods than they normally would. Nutrition education and health promotion helps raise health awareness in the community and guide students and others to build a positive attitude centered on eating healthy. In order for college students to set goals of living healthier by consuming adequate amounts of nutrient to remain healthy and physically able, there has to be an understanding of the knowledge and attitude the society has towards it. Most on and off campus health promotions are geared toward alcohol, drug, and tobacco prevention, but not many express the importance of healthy food consumption. More health promotions and nutrition education would have a positive influence on food selection since it is based off taste, pleasure, and cost. Among the races in Mississippi, African Americans have the highest obesity and hypertension rate of 43.2%. African Americans make up 30% of University of Southern Mississippi population and 30.4% of William Carey …show more content…
The types of data for the community environment and background factors included information on the distance of the closest grocery store and the location, type, and number of restaurants closest to the universities. The information required for the targeted population was how college students perceived their health status and fruits and vegetables consumption, what they consider a priority in relation to healthy dieting, the amount they are willing to pay for food, what nutrition programs they are aware of in their community, and thoughts and beliefs regarding the link between diet and health

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