Essay on Eating Habits And Its Effects

1393 Words Oct 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Changing eating habits in university can be difficult but is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle because university is a critical period associated with developing unhealthy eating behaviors in students. Therefore, we need to advocate programs or policies to encourage healthy eating with the objective of decreasing the diet related diseases, such as hypertension, heart disease and cancer.

Poor eating habits has been recognized as an important public health concern among university students as a determinant of health status. Those unhealthy eating habits are developed during university life that usually persist in older adult life and contribute to many serious health issues such as unhealthy weight gain or obesity. According to the survey, there are more than 50% of adults and 25% of children are overweight or obesity, particularly high prevalence in Victoria (1). The average of body weight still steadily increased since 2001 in Australia (1). The increasing number of overweight or obese also is indicated to decrease the life expectancy and contribute to the serve health problems, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension (1).

In 2008, the data demonstrated the overall cost of obesity to the government of Australia was $58.2 billion, which has spent about $ 49.9 billion to manage the chronic disease, but the prevalence of chronic disease is still increasing (1). Most of chronic diseases are identified that linked to the dietary pattern…

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