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Students Risk Health by Eating Cheap Stuff at College

by Kathy Jones on May 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM
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 Students Risk Health by Eating Cheap Stuff at College

A new study by Oz researchers has found that eating cheap food in college could impact the health of students.

The study examined the eating habits of 800 University students in Brisbane, Australia whose diet primarily included energy-dense foods and pre-packed meals like noodles.

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"There seems to be an acceptance out there that getting by on less nutritious food is a typical part of being a university student,'' lead researcher Danielle Gallegos told the New York Daily News. "But a diet of baked beans and instant noodles is not good enough when health and academic results are at stake."

The study also said that 6% of students experienced food insecurity, while many admitted they were repeatedly hungry. "Two thirds of the food-insecure students in our study ate less than two servings of fruit per week and 4 percent had no fruit at all," Gallegos said. It appears that students were more concerned over university fees, accommodations and other bills than eating properly.


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