There is a growing concern regarding college students who instead of having a healthy lifestyle, they skip meals and drink more. Scientists invented a new name for this phenomenon and called it ‘drunkorexia.’
This type of behavior has become more common on college campuses as many students want to reduce the calories consumption by working out before drinking, skipping meals, and drinking more to replace the food.
But during the latest research, scientists studied around 1,200 students from the University of Houston to establish how many of them adopted this lifestyle. At the end of the study, researchers learned that eight out of ten students manifested drunkorexia behavior consisting of skipping food before drinking, consuming laxatives, and inducing vomiting.
According to lead researcher Dr. Dipali Rinker, this type of behavior was found in both men and women. In fact, men are more likely to be affected by this phenomenon, because they drink more than females.
Another study on female college students conducted by a team of Australian scientists discovered that around 60 percent of women participants manifested drunkorexia behavior.
According to Alissa Knight, a researcher from the University of South Australia, this type of ‘diet’ aims to replace the calories from food with the ones from alcohol.
It is easy to understand that this phenomenon will lead to severe consequences on the health condition of these students because calories from alcohol are not the same as the ones from food. Plus, our body needs food in order to function well.
Around 70 percent of diseases are caused by unhealthy diets, so people need to be aware of the fact that eating healthy means having an excellent quality of life. But college students seem to hardly understand these facts.
According to the director of the college and underage drinking prevention from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, this type of behavior has short-term consequences as well. The peak blood alcohol is much higher when our stomach does not have food in it.
Thus, the risk of poor decisions, injuries, and blackouts is much higher when college students adopt this kind of behavior. Experts advise everyone to become more oriented towards healthy diets, physical exercises, and activities that keep the brain active in order to reduce the risk of developing many diseases.
For instance, Mediterranean diets were found to be very nutritious as they are rich in healthy fats that do not influence our weight. Instead of relying on drunkorexia, college students should better inform themselves and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
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