How To Succeed in College/Physical Health

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Food On College Campuses[edit]

Some people believe that the food on college campuses may not be very good. That may be true on some college campuses, but it is definitely not universally true. Schools with highly-rated food tend to also be rather expensive to attend. Out of the top 10 schools with the best food, eight of them have tuition priced over $30,000 a year.[1]

Most college campuses also have some fast food options. Fast food is easy and simple to obtain, but it also has some drawbacks as it tends not to be as healthy as other food options.[2] Sixty-one percent of American adults are obese and that number is continuing to rise. College students are increasingly likely to be obese, too, and food choice on college campuses may contribute to that.[2]

Another trend on college campuses is an interest in organic and locally grown food. Students at Yale, for example, have reformed the food at their school on their own, calling for organic and sustainable foods in their cafeterias. They now get a lot of their produce from local farms as opposed to having their food shipped from states across the country. 80% of students at Yale said in 2005 that they would eat in the dining halls more often if organic food was served, and students pushing for better food options certainly made it so.[3] If students don’t like the food they’re being served on campus, they have the power to change it.

The Freshmen 15[edit]

The claim that freshmen college students often gain 15 pounds their first year does not appear to be true. While some freshmen do gain weight their first year, diet and level of activity are often set before students arrive at college, not during the first year at college.[4] Gaining weight is not due to being a freshmen or poor cafeteria options but rather consuming too many calories and/or not getting sufficient exercise.