You Are What You Eat

By Estefania Torres |Staff Writer|

America is known to be the jungle of all things fast food; the metropolis of sodas, cheeseburgers and french fries.

Although most people deny eating these greasy meals, there is no denying that most of us become weak when it comes to consuming unhealthy fast food.

We all know the feeling when you are in a rush to get somewhere and you are starving; you see your favorite fast food joint sign, and you feel like you have been saved.

Saved is the last thing you are when eating unhealthy meals because ultimately, you are what you eat.

Eating unhealthy food eventually starts to really take a toll on your body, inside and out.

Not only does the food contribute to your energy, it also might negatively affect your attitude as well.

After eating a clearly unhealthy meal you feel some sort of uncomfortable feeling that is hard to shake.

One of the most common side effects of eating unhealthy foods is depression.

“Greasy choices—particularly  those high in saturated fat—are linked to both depression and dementia,” according to U.S. News Health.

Although looks should not matter, poor nutrition can negatively affect your appearance as well.

Not only can it make a person morbidly obese if eaten daily, it can also give one poor skin, hair and nails—it can also change your body drastically.

“You are what you eat” should be something that all students need to remember.

Students typically stay at school for hours on end.

Most likely they will be eating the cafeteria food for breakfast, lunch and for some, even dinner.

Cafeteria food has never been the most recommended meal but some students do not have a choice but to eat whatever is easiest and closest to them.

Providing healthy meals should be a school’s main priority—especially since energy and good health is crucial for a student to be successful.

Fruit and vegetable meal options should be seen on every school campus, but instead we run into the most famous unhealthy food joints, and often feel almost forced to eat it.

Most would argue that unhealthy foods are in much bigger demand than anything nutritious, but schools should take control and provide these foods anyway.

Not only should they provide these healthy food options but they should also make it more accessible to the students.

By “accessible” I mean cheap and easy to find.

Most healthy restaurants double the price on their foods, making it harder for a student to obtain it.

On campus we have five food joints and only two are considered predominantly healthy.

Walking into the Student Union, you automatically see that the longest line is for restaurants that lack the most nutrition.

When eating an unhealthy meal you must remember that it is crucial to know what you are putting inside your body.

Eventually you will begin noticing the change in yourself, whether good or bad.

You are what you eat, so eat something good.

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