What Causes Poor Eating? Essay

1177 Words Nov 20th, 2016 5 Pages
In a nation leading in obesity, healthy eating is more important than ever, but some individuals may not know where to start with all the ads for new dieting tricks and the variety of foods to choose from. Today I will be discussing what causes poor eating, what makes eating healthier unappealing and what ways can one make healthy eating a part of their everyday life. What causes poor eating? Three main factors that contribute to poor eating are stress, bad habits that are instilled from a young age and mindless eating. Students often experience various forms of stress in their everyday lives, whether it be, pressures from other peers, various upsets within their family, self-esteem, or trying to maintain a social life while keeping up with school; for some students this can cause them to want to eat nothing or everything. Stress eating can prove to be very unhealthy, but for some it is harder to manage as a dependence on food in times of emotional strife becomes the norm. “Most would agree that humans have not just a physical but an emotional connection to food. Some call it ‘comfort food.’” according to “Stress a Factor in Students’ Bad Eating Habits.” For some individuals, their poor eating does not stem from stress but from poor eating habits instilled in them as small children. According to Shield, “early diets strongly influence children, whose food preferences are generally shaped between ages 2 and 3.”For smaller children a French fry here and there seems harmless…

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