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With all their classes, tuition bills and homework, many college students don't make eating right a priority.
When I have a lot of tests, or I have to do a lot of studying, I have to get something fast.
For lunch, it's really whatever I can grab. I usually snack.
Fast foods like French fries, chicken tenders and hamburgers, are college dining halls most popular items, according to recent surveys. Carol Kelley, a nutritionist at Emory University, gave us a lesson in college diets, 101.
Students will choose foods that are quick and easy to eat, on the run, and sometimes that comes at the expense of having more balance with their diet.
Kelley says college dining services have catered to student demands for healthier choices, but honey buns and hamburgers are still the grab and go favorites.
The variety is definitely there. They have everything from stir-fries to fast foods to hot meals that include vegetables. Abundant salad bars, however, students still typically will select what they know as familiar and tasty to them.
Kelley says college students aren't invincible to the consequences of unhealthy diets. The Centers for Disease Control reported in their last survey of American college students, that one in five students was overweight.
Students may be developing a template, a nutritional template, a pattern, that they are going to take with them into adulthood. Nutrition is involved with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, possibly diabetes, possibly hypertension.
So students, the lesson for the day is talking to your college nutritionist about your diet. In the meantime, here are simple changes you can make to eat healthier on any college campus.
Instead of having simply pepperoni pizza, two or three slices of that, maybe have one slice along with a salad, snacks such as nuts and seeds, along with fresh fruit.
I hope you took good notes, because this will all be on the final. For Feeling Fit, I'm Elizabeth Cohen.