Those of us who attended college are all familiar with the dreaded “freshmen 15”. Some of us know how to avoid it and some of us do not. College often is a time where freshmen let loose in many ways, one of those being their diet.
Well I was shocked and saddened to learn that just as obesity is on the rise so has the standard “freshmen 15” … today while listening to the KTLA morning news I discovered that this “freshmen 15” is now becoming the freshmen 28/30 … doubling the original typical college weight gain!
Why? Students say that they tend to live on a diet consisting of frozen dinners, fast foods, delivery pizza, and the poor diet choices in the college food court. Not to mention the increase in consumption in beer and alcohol.
Why are they eating this way? Students interviewed in the study said that they do not know how to cook or grocery shop. This is true. When I was in college I was amazed to see the amount of my friends that had no idea how to make even the simplest things…and a trip to the grocery store was almost like an undercover mission for them.
Why are the bulk of parents today not teaching their children how to cook and how to grocery shop? Having the ability to create a nutritious meal for yourself should be required in adulthood! Stop the laziness and get to the store…get online and research some recipes.
If parents are not teaching their children these fundamental useful lessons should it start being included in high school Health Classes or as a college prep class? Could it just be that parents poor eating habits and lack of cooking is trickling down to their kids? We focus so much on pushing these students mentally but really how are they going to focus on a diet this bad?
THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE.