This past week we talked about risk factors. Heart attacks and heart disease are the most commons causes of deaths which is a scary thought. According to the American Heart Association, obesity is responsible for nearly 112,000 excess deaths per year relative to normal weight individuals. Obesity has been associated with an increased risk of diseases and health conditions including hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. These alarming statistics raise many questions concerning the barriers that prevent individuals from living a healthier lifestyle. College students especially should get into the habit of eating right to avoid these risks later in life.
I can resonate with this because my father, who had a lot of bad eating habits and never paid much attention to nutrition had a massive heart attack two years ago. Although he fully recovered, we could’ve lost him. He claimed that he learned his unhealthy eating habits from college. I personally found this alarming because it is so easy to neglect your personal health as a college student.The unhealthy habits my Father claims he formed in college had unfortunately followed him throughout his life. He never paid attention to nutrition facts or serving sizes. After getting hit with the reality of his massive heart attack, my father now makes careful and healthy choices, reads nutrition labels, tries to cut out fat and sodium, and increases his physical activity by going on walks. He feels so much better since making his lifestyle a healthy one and I feel better knowing that he is not at high risk for any other negative effects of an unhealthy lifestyle like he was two years ago. There are many ways to reduce the risks of having heart trouble, and starting healthy habits early that will follow you through life is a very important part.
– Kellie Behrle