Essay on The Importance of Teaching Healthy Eating Habits

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College students lead very busy and stressful lives which impacts all aspects of their health. One of the highest risks of a hectic routine is poor eating habits. Many students commonly reach for junk food during study sessions, or fast-food during a night out with friends. Also, many students have reduced impulse control and will choose to eat foods that are high in fat, salt, carbohydrates, and sugar. It is vital that students understand the importance of their choices as well as ways to make better decisions when it comes to meals and snacks. The purpose of this report is to educate readers on the factors that lead to eat poor habits, and to share some concepts of healthier eating. This report has the following
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In a study by Holm-Denoma J. et al (2008), evidence was found that male and female students gained between three to four pounds between the end of high school, and the start of college without a change in height. (Gower 2002- 2013). Cardiovascular health is important to anyone, and many college students find that their stress levels are high. For new students stress is usually a new experience and as time goes on it is a common occurrence. Stress is defined by Torres and Newson (2007) as “any general response of the body that either overwhelms or threatens to overwhelm the body and its ability to maintain homeostasis.” (as cited in Gower, 2002-2013). Stress can result from the release of cortisol (produced in the adrenal gland) and heightened activity in the HPA (hypothalamic pituitary adrenal) axis. The release of cortisol can also result in over eating as it is a way to calm down. (Torres and Newson, 2007). Stress is one of the leading factors to over eating though it is not the only one.
Schedules and Life Factors in Eating Choices Many college students are constantly on the move. With classes, exams, work, and family students are always busy and find little time to pay attention to meals. Many may find it easier to stop at a fast-food restaurant on the way home, instead of cooking a meal. Jennifer Ellis surveyed students at Sheriden College about their eating habits and how often they ate fast

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