Staying Healthy in College

9 Ways Going to College Affects Your Health

ImageEverybody knows college is more than an educational benefit and experience. It is a a growing phase for most peopke, and a time that    students are challenged to handle more than expected. This article by Live Science gives nine examples of health risks college can cause  on a person, all mentally, physically, and emotionally.

9.) Stress

Stress is the top factor negatively influencing academic performance, according to a 2012 survey of 90,000 college students. The survey looked at whether students earned a lower grade on an exam, project or in a class; or dropped a class due to stress.

8.) Binge Drinking

Up to 40 percent of all college students report engaging in binge drinking (typically defined as consuming four drinks on one occasion for women, and five drinks on one occasion for men). The behavior does a number on students’ brains, with research showing that young adults who drink heavily have abnormalities in the gray and white matter of their brains.

7.) Depression

Research shows that college students face heightened levels of depression and anxiety, with freshman often suffering the most from these issues as they adjust to a new environment. The conditions can also lead to increased substance abuse, poor academic achievement and suicide.

6.) Social Anxiety

Most college students experience a brand-new social environment upon entering college, and research confirms that almost all of them experience varying levels of social anxiety and stress.

5.) Weight Gain

While many new college students fear the fabled “freshman 15,” the addition of 15 extra pounds is not as common as it’s made out to be.What makes the pounds pile on? College students tend to eat morehigh-calorie foods, and fail to get enough physical activity.

4.) Causal Sex

Commonplace or not, casual sex comes with health risks, including sexually transmitted diseases, emotional and mental distress, sexual violence and unintended pregnancy.

3.) Sleep Deprivation

Too many college students know the pain of sleep deprivation. One study of 120 university students found that 60 percent had pulled at least one all-nighter during their college careers. Unfortunately, such sleepless nights were correlated with a lower GPA.

2.) Psychological affects of debt

Tuition rates are higher than ever, causing many students to take on unprecedented amounts of debt. This looming burden in turn causes stress about money and can affect students’ college experience.

1.) Long-term health effects of a college degree

Higher levels of education generally correlate to better health, as well economic success and family stability, which can indirectly lead to better health outcomes. People with higher levels of education tend to have improved brain development, less biological aging and better understanding and compliance with healthy behaviors, studies show.

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This entry was posted on April 3, 2014 by in Healthy Lifestyle.
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