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Generally individuals with college degrees live longer and healthier lives. That may be true over the aggregate, but young people who enter the halls of colleges and universities every day expose themselves to risks of some serious health issues. Below please do my homework service take a look at the biggest health risks for college students:

It turns out that the “freshman 15″ is a true phenomenon. Obesity rates among 18-24 year-olds are skyrocketing. Some of the problem generates from growing up in the era of fast food and immediate gratification, but much of its stems from young people being out on their own for the first time without the skills needed to plan and cook meals.

In addition, many colleges and universities surround students with unhealthy dining options and fast food. Combine that with increased intake of alcohol and the ingredients are there for college students to gain unwanted pounds.

Much of being in college has to deal with finding oneself and engaging in experimental, often dangerous behavior. Alcohol and drug consumption and experimentation increase because students do not think about the consequences of such behavior in combination with being surrounded by peers that engage in similar behavior. Anecdotal evidence suggests that marijuana – the most used illegal drug, causes individuals’ appetites to increase. That means increased calorie intake leading to additional weight.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Along the same lines of risky behaviors leading to drug use, risky behaviors such as casual sex without protection can have serious health consequences. STD rates among 18-24 year old college students are among the highest among any other demographic.


As risk behavior increases, so does the likelihood of accidents. Recently in Washington State a rash of students falling out of their dorm room windows occurred, leading to one death. Alcohol consumption was a factor in all of the accidents.
Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug abuse over the last ten years has skyrocketed among college students. Particularly drugs such as Oxycontin that are highly addictive have caused many college students to become addicted, and have even caused death.

Another type of prescription drug classification that has hit the college market are so-called “smart drugs” that are intended to treat legitimate health conditions, but are used by college students to be more productive by increasing energy, cognitive processing and focus.

The most abused drugs are Adderall, Ritalin and Provigil. These drugs are used to treat health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and ADHD. The effects of these drugs on perfectly healthy college students are beneficial in the short term. For example, students experience the ability to focus for 24-48 hours at a time without sleep.

The appeal of these drugs is often too tempting to students who have academic demands and pressure on them to succeed. In fact, a recent article in the New Yorker discussed the prevalence of these drugs among Ivy League students in competitive programs.

Students are able to get these prescription drugs from relatives, underground Internet sites and dealers on campus. These types of drugs are addictive and come with a whole host of side effects including headaches, weight loss, weight gain, and even permanent neurological damage. Experts warn that these so-called smart drugs are currently the biggest health risks for students.
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Author: jollyfruitty
Main topic: Medicine
Topic: Health & Fitness
Published: 07.11.2019
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