Going college, leaving home, challenging introductory classes, unfamiliar environment and rules sometimes seem too much to handle for freshman. The pleasure of entering the college soon vanishes away and psychological and physical stress loom over the students causing numerous health issues. 5 most common health concerns that students bear are as under:
• Malnutrition and over weighing issues
According to the statistics, about 80% of the newly admitted students are unable to manage their schedules with work out routines. The results are putting on pounds. The college diet is usually not enough and this is what adds to other problems like vitamins deficiency and inappropriate eating habits.
• Excessive Drinking
According to a study in 2013, over 1800 causalities are reported yearly among freshmen based on alcoholic reasons. It is very common among young students to indulge in heavy drinking to overcome the social pressures and anxieties of the new environments. The results are often inappropriate behaviors dangerous even for others non-alcoholic students.
• Casual Sex
It is found that most if the students took the liberty of college life only in one sense and that is casual sex. It does not only effect on the performance and pose hindrances in effective routines but also a number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) arise because of these uncontrolled behaviors. Although most of the STDs are treatable, some have high risk factors involved and may affect the health for long-term or, in worst case scenario, for life time.
• Social Anxiety
Social anxiety is very common in new environments and most of the students deal with these through prescription drugs. A study shows that only a 20% of students use it for performance enhancing activities while the rest only see it as a mean to get high.
Last but not the least, the top factor that negatively impacts an academic career is Stress. Stress is the generations of a number of factors like home sickness, overload of work, failures in maintain friendships or any combination of these. Caused by any reason, stress always poses the same effects of lowering grades, reducing engagement in curricular and extra-curricular activities and even semester backs.