Opinion

Nutrition and Health of the College Student

By Taylor Lawrence

It’s not a surprise college students across the nation aren’t thrilled about their campus dining options. Although typical college dining halls contract have jumped by 47% in the last decade (Mathewson), we the students can’t help but wonder why the food sucks. Where is our money going to? Students feel they are spending thousands on café food, the least they could be given in return is healthier edible options.

With all of the demands college brings on to every student, it is important for young adults in college to cognizant of their health and take care of themselves. Increased stress and lack of sleep are bad enough, but lack of nutrition, too! That’s the worst.

What we consume in our bodies will fuel us throughout the day. If you are experiencing any infection, hormonal issues, problems with digestion, unexplained weight gain or loss, frequent sickness, bloated constantly, decreased energy, abnormal changes in mood, abnormal bowl movements, high blood pressure, memory loss, can’t remain focused throughout the day, your problem may be in the food your consume!

Many young adults are unaware of the damages they cause to their bodies on a daily basis, many of which can be reversed with a simple diet change. Therefore, universities should make it a priority to serve them with the best. Changes within a diet can literally transform major infection within the body. For example , If you are experiencing hormonal issues, you may want to decrease your meat and diary intake for they can cause hormonal problems. If you are experiencing digestive problems, you may want to cleanse the liver of its toxins.

A change in diet can increase focus among the students, albeit of Delaware State University. It can positively affect the mood, and increase classroom participation. What is the purpose of requiring students to take a mandatory Lifetime and Wellness class if they’re going to turn around and offer us food that do more damage than good? It takes more than bringing students to the Wellness gym once a week to increase the overall health of the student. While exercise in the gym is extremely important it comes second to the food consumed. As the saying goes, abs are made in the kitchen.

And yes, health ultimately is an individual decision; however, if the university forces it’s students to eat only healthy options, they can transform the entire university. And no, I’m not saying eliminate all delicious and rather unhealthy options, I am simply proposing that the university should encourage its students to live healthier lifestyles by placing the right nutrition in front of them. They should inform their students, whether that be in the classroom or at events catered, of  common nutrition myths that may be doing more harm than good. For instance, the notion that milk contributes to stronger bones, when in all actuality, diary products, period, can fuel a host of diseases.

 

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