Thursday, March 31, 2011
Obesity on Campus (by anon)
I know most people post about the problems with our government and other political issues but as much as I should be concerned about it, I'm not. You see, there's this BIG problem not only on our campus, but the entire world. Obesity. As a student studying to become a dietician, I see the problem everywhere and it concerns me to an extreme extent. I don't think that students understand that what they eat effects their future. Obesity can cause diabetes, high blood and cholesterol levels, heart attack, stroke, asthma, and mental issues. While I would love to think the students are choosing the healthy options that are available at the dining halls and in the UC but, I know that it is not the case. I see people all the time with unhealthy options and soda instead of water and a well-balanced meal. I work at a dining area on campus and when I see how many more double cheese burgers are sold than salads I literally get disgusted. By eating the nutrients your body needs you are able to do so much more. It increases your concentration and yes, you will gain more energy with healthy foods than with a 21 oz cup of pure liquid sugar Mt. Dew. When you start eating healthy at a young age, those habits stick with you throughout your life. It becomes habit to grab a yogurt instead of ice cream. I understand that eating healthy can be expensive but in the long run, you'll end up spending that money on hospital bills if you keep eating crap everyday. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my sweets and pizza but it is all about limiting yourself and portion control. Did you know that the average size of dinner plates has increased over 50% since the 1950's? That means we are eating twice as much food as we used to. People don't know how easy it is to transition into a healthy life style. By simply trading water for soda you can carve off 500 calories a day, or by taking the stairs instead of elevators, both are easy things that are totally achievable for anyone. The health of our campus and our world is at risk with this pandemic. If something is not done soon, future generations are going to be in horrible health. Childhood obesity has already tripled in the past two decades. That is unacceptable. We need to reflect upon ourselves and realize that we are killing ourselves with what we eat and make a change!