McCluskey 2Students in the course complete a number of diet and physical fitness assessments.Shewcraft said,
“I have students say
[on the diet assessments],
„I eat differently since I lefthome.‟ And [they] drink more because they have the freedom to make their own choices.”
Courtney Wills, a junior at MCLA, said her eating habits have changed since she movedon campus. She commuted to another college in her freshman year, during which time herparents cooked her dinners and did the grocery shopping. Wills said her parents impacted whatshe ate while she lived at home.
“Now I eat a lot of junk food,”
The availability of just being able to go to the
[campus convenience store] really messes with me.”
Senior Kimberly Capriola said her eating habits changed after she transferred away from
home, which resulted in weight gain that she called “the transfer ten.”
“I ate a lot of Stouffer‟s Mac and Cheese. That was an easy, quick thing to slip in the
microwave, go to my computer, an
d work on homework,” Capriola said.
Senior Marlene Anago also said her eating habits are different on campus.
eat many fruits or vegetables in the campus cafeteria, since she feels her options are limited tothe salad bar. Anago consumes a lot
of soda on campus but doesn‟t drink any while at home.
said, “What‟s offered here is tempting, and I can‟t resist the temptation—it‟s likean addiction.”
The women cited a lack of healthy options on campus as a factor in their poor eatinghabits. Anago would like a source of healthy food aside from the salad bar.
Wills said, “The salad bar is disgusting, and the food they have that tastes good isincredibly unhealthy.”