Health Effects

Georgia State University’s student health decreased when high amounts of fast food were consumed. The Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford conducted a study with over five thousand students. The Department of Population Health revealed the overall average weight gain among students were three pounds. In student’s freshmen year, over sixty percent of students gained an average of eight pounds. Students had a high risk of being overweight and obese. The weight gain can be traced back to the college students’ diet. Student increased their amount of fast food consumption when attending college.  In dining halls, students are exposed to unhealthy dining options daily from burgers, french fries, pizza, burgers, and desert line. But students also have the option to dine on healthier options such as a fresh salad bar, vegan dining options, and fresh fruit.  Often, students might choose the healthier option such as salad but add heavier calorie items to it such as bacon, ranch, and croutons. Nutrition labels located above the food state the calories inside the food, but it does not include other important nutritional information. Students might think their salad will be three hundred calories but it does not account for customization and additions. Plus, students sometimes do not understand the nutritional labels and misunderstand them. Also, students decreased their amount of exercise and physical activity due to other circular activities, work, and homework. Students decreased amount of exercise and increased  intake of processed and prepared entrées cause weight gain in students.