“I don’t really watch what I eat,” was the response most Lorain County Community College students admitted. Three out of four college students admit that they don’t watch what they eat on a daily basis.
New supersized slushies and chicken-bread burgers, which are just two chicken breasts with bacon, other meats, and condiments in the middle, are new trends occurring in the United States. With serving sizes like this, it’s no wonder that more than two in three adults are overweight or obese, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
“Unhealthy foods are often more convenient, such as vending machines,” said Professor Lisa Lewis, an adjunct faculty member in the Biology Science and Math Division at LCCC. “These often highly processed foods can be quicker to consume when running to class.” Another reason could be that processed foods are easier to eat than fruits and vegetables.
“I try to watch what I eat, but the philly-cheesesteak is just so good,” said LCCC student Eddie Lesko.
“Unhealthy foods are often more convenient, such as vending machines.”
Prof. Lisa Lewis
Serving sizes have frequently evolved over the course of American history. When soda was first introduced to Americans in 1916, the serving size was 6.5 oz. Today, however, it’s possible to purchase a 34 oz. can. When the first Budweiser bottle was introduced in 1976, the original size was 7 oz, compared to now, a bottle of Budweiser can be as large as 40 oz., according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
LCCC student Jake Hendricks said he loves pizza or a burger with fries while on campus. He also added that he’s usually not cautious with what he eats. Claudia Wozniak, another student at LCCC, is grateful for a fast metabolism. “I never eat lunch at Lorain County Community College,” Wozniak said, “but I get Chipotle for lunch [almost] daily.”
“Most [students] do not consume enough raw and cooked vegetables,” Lewis said. This means that college students are not receiving the adequate amount of nutrients their body needs. In order to change one’s dieting habits, Lewis advises students to be prepared. She suggested that students should start making their meals in advance, so when they are on the run they can just grab their container of already cooked vegetables and other healthy foods and leave.
The American Heart Association states that every 43 seconds someone is struck with a heart-related issue (heart attacks, strokes, etc.), mainly due to the new unhealthy American culture, and the numbers are only rising. In order to decrease this number, Americans need to start being more cautious about what type of foods they are putting in their body. “Prepare foods ahead of time so they are ready to grab-and-go,” Lewis suggested. This strategy gives individuals more control over their diets.