A person’s health should be top priority. Unfortunately, many college students push their personal health to the back of their mind. Many students worry about gaining weight during their first year of college- the so called “freshman 15.” But an unexpectedly large number of students may be unable to afford nutritious food, putting their physical health, academic performance, and mental well-being at risk. The issue is that nutrition health is important to a student’s overall well-being and nutritious food isn’t as available or as cheap as fast food is on college campuses. Poor habits can affect mental health and be dangerous if actions aren’t taken. When students enter college, their diets often deteriorate. There are many factors responsible for these changes–stress, sedentary lifestyle, change in schedule due to study patterns, and changes in eating patterns in general. However, making smart nutritional choices can be very important for students’ optimal well-being and academic performance.
Commuters don’t have the convenience of being on campus at all times, therefore, they may skip meals in a rush to drive to campus or forget to pack a lunch and have to buy fast food on campus as their only option since it is widely available and affordable. Stress, fast food, and skipping meals all have negative effects on student’s bodies. Students should be aware of how they are treating their bodies and how healthy eating will better their bodies and even their GPA.
Many college students are on a budget due to the cost of a college education. It is much easier and more affordable to grab a hamburger and fries at McDonald’s on campus or to go to the dining hall and get an all you can eat meal. Since commuters don’t have the luxury of a meal plan, their only CHEAP option on campus is high calorie and high-fat fast food restaurants.
Overall, I think students should start taking control of their health and realize that it is absolutely necessary now or bad habits can form and have long term effects.