According to a UCLA psychology study, eating junk food is the main reason for laziness—not simply being overweight. However, students find it hard to balance healthy eating with a college lifestyle.
For sophomore Juan Ferreras-Camilo’s busy schedule, sometimes eating poorly is the only option.
“Sometimes you know it’s wrong for you. You know you’re supposed to eat healthy, but you just don’t have time. You have to turn in a project two minutes before it is due, and pizza is the only thing that is left, so you could starve or eat unhealthy,” Ferreras-Camilo said.
Psychology professor Britain Scott said she agrees with the study’s findings, but said that a lot of students don’t know how to actually eat in a healthy manner.
“One of the big issues in our society today is that people don’t know what it means to eat healthy, and there has been a lot of misinformation—even coming from nutrition scientists (and) from doctors,” Scott said.
Scott said nutrition science suggests that grains are inflammatory and cause bad reactions in our bodies over time.
“So it’s a lot healthier to have your brain burning fat—burning what are called ketones—and it can give you a much better sustained energy level, help you sleep better at night, and all of these things benefit functioning,” Scott said.
Scott suggested that the best way to fuel your brain is by purchasing whole, natural foods.
“Eat real food, not stuff that comes in packages, not stuff that’s been created. So, all of those middle aisles in the grocery store, skip them. Walk around the perimeter, get produce, fresh vegetables, fruit. Get meats,” Scott said. “Eating just whole food—real food—is the best choice that people can make.”
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