So, I thought I would share a comment I left on a blog I read all the time, MizFitOnline.com, in response to her post today on college and weight gain. Gives you an idea of my thoughts on the topic and figured I would share it with my readers as well.
“Ah college….yup it’s where I put the majority of my weight on that lead to me to be morbidly obese in my 20’s. Once I was in that environment where I was making choices about my eating habits on my own I got a bit out of control. When in high school I had parents who where making a lot of those choices for me so when I got to college I really went crazy with having a bunch of unhealthy things my parents didn’t allow us to have growing up. Wasn’t until I educated myself on what makes a healthy meal plan that I figured out how to mange that. Also, recognizing activity is an important part of health also was helpful.
It is interesting now because I currently work and live on a college campus as my job. I observe my students and it is no wonder many of them put on the “freshman 15″ and then some. Many of them don’t know how to cook even though they have full kitchens in their apartments. Honestly, food service on campus isn’t too bad because there are healthy choices but many of our students are choosing the not so healthy choices. The lifestyle choices they make such as sleep patterns, stress management, physical fitness and use of alcohol are contributing to the issue for many of them.
Part of my position is to provide educational programming to help students learn about some of these things. I always have at least one program each semester that covers health/nutrition/ fitness. Also many of my students have watched me go from morbidly obese to fit which has had a positive impact on some of them. One of my student staff members has lost over 70lbs by joining me on the journey to better health.
My advice to parents of future college students would be to take the time to teach your children the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle including nutrition. My advice to current students would be to take the time to learn the fundamentals to healthy living by seeking out the many campus resources that are likely available on your campus.”
So do you have any thoughts on the subject? I would love to hear them.
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