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Tuesday, December 6 • 11:55am - 12:15pm
Healthful Eating on College Campuses

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Weight gain on college campuses is on a steady increase, and evidence has shown that extreme stress leads to overeating. Food as a means of comfort is a coping mechanism for college students; however, this strategy leads to unwanted weight gain and subsequent negative body image emotions. Stress often leads to unhealthy food choices, and binge eating junk food results in feelings of depression, guilt, and discouragement. A healthy relationship between food and emotion must be restored on college campuses. Females are more likely than males to use comfort foods to combat depression and stress, as well as voice body image concerns. Target audiences for interventions should be tailored to meet the specific emotions of both sexes because college men and women view food so differently. It’s important to instill values of healthy eating now because rates of obesity are reaching staggering heights across America. If universities could introduce mindful eating to students, a positive relationship between food and emotion could be restored.

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Tuesday December 6, 2016 11:55am - 12:15pm
034 Karpen Hall

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