The long-term risks of being overweight in your twenties are something students should take note of, and use it as a form of inspiration.
By not taking care of their bodies, some people may be more prone to some diseases and health conditions. This includes Type Two diabetes, Heart Disease and even some forms of cancer.
“A lot of students don’t know how to properly prepare a healthy meal, or even know what a healthy meal is,” said Sylvia Emmorey, nutritionist and professor at Durham College.
Jean Labranche, a dietician at Providence Healthcare in Scarborough, explained the most important thing of meal planning is selecting the right foods and portions.
The availability of fast food restaurants has increased over the years, and the pricing for some unhealthy products they serve is only pocket change for customers.
Brock Arthur, a personal trainer at Durham Boxing Academy, indicated if someone decides to eat a fast food meal it is important to enjoy it in moderation and not consistently. “Every now and then isn’t going to kill you,” said Arthur.
Labranche said technology is also something that can be “partially blamed” for the cause of overweight students.
“Spending four to five hours indoors playing video games during late hours is not a healthy lifestyle for young adults,” said Labranche.
Emmorey agrees, but there are some advantages.
“It’s an electronic age,” said Emmorey. “But that can work to your advantage as well, because there are a lot of fitness programs and apps that are out there.”
Working out is also another solution for students who want to become healthier, but with so many priorities, it may be hard for them to do so.
“You don’t need a lot of time to get a good workout in,” said Arthur. “That’s where I think the big misconception is.”
Getting active for a short period of time can benefit the well being of someone’s body.
“Even if you’re watching a TV show and in between commercial breaks, you can do a few sets of push ups and sit ups,” said Arthur. “You can get a great workout in 20 minutes.