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Young Adults’ Eating Patterns Are Affecting Their Weight and Health

Posted Jan 21 2009 12:00am

A recent research study looked at the eating habits and patterns of college-aged adults. It showed that 35 percent of men and 42 percent of women do not have the time for sit down meals. As a result of their hectic schedules, they are reaching for junk food and more fast food in place of sit-down meals. These foods contain more sugar, fat and many more calories and less of the required vitamins and minerals we need. Studies have shown over the years that it is important to have sit down meals with a variety of foods including salads, vegetables and fruits. It has been proven that people tend to eat more, in terms of overall food and calories, when they eat on the run because they do not acknowledge what they eat. As a result of their hectic schedules, they easily forget what they eat because it is not memorable. This pattern is also impacting the overweight and obesity rates of this particular age group as it has been steadily rising for the last 15 years. It is important to schedule meals and sit down with friends or family so that you can have a balanced diet with a variety of lower calorie foods.

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