College Enivornment

.. azines. Looking fat is not always the cause of an eating disorder as seen in Daniel John’s case. Eating disorders can come as a result of stress or a desire to control something in one’s life or a desire to look thinner. Most college campuses offer help with eating disorders. It is such a common occurrence among college age persons that there are support groups and treatment centers all over the country on and off campus.

At Gannet Health Services of Cornell University there are physicians that can provide the needed medical care, counseling and psychological services, nutritionists, and a nutrition clinic that provides specialized treatment for eating disorders. Personal hygiene can also cause health problems on college campuses. When one is living at home with their parents, their parents control their hygiene habits. If their room is dirty, they are required to clean it. Parents control how their child lives and daily habits including eating, sleeping, showering, cleaning, etc.

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In college the student can do whatever he chooses, whether it be showering three times a day or not at all, doing laundry once a week or not at all. A change in environment can take a toll on one’s body. The weather and climate alone can dramatically affect a person’s immune system. Living in college dorms is a constant battle against sickness and disease. Dormitories are a breeding ground for bacteria and if a student’s immune system is at a slight incline, his health can be jeopardized the second he comes in contact with the bacteria. A college student’s immune system is most likely never up to standard during the school year.

Semester exams and late nights are very destructive to a student’s body. When this is combined with an unhealthy diet or poor personal hygiene practices, the results can be devastating. Sickness in a college student’s life can destroy an entire college semester. If one is too ill to write a paper or attend class, their grades drop and can be nearly impossible to bring back up. If one student becomes ill in a residence hall, the entire building is at risk of receiving the illness.

Students will push themselves to do everything they need to do and they do not realize that in doing this, they are spreading their germs all over the campus. Pushing oneself can be good and is most often needed in the case of a college student. However, if a person were to push himself too far, it could result in a worsening of the sickness. Almost all colleges and universities have a medical center available to all enrolled students. These centers can help a student with anything from the common cold to the HIV virus. The Health center is located on campus and can usually write out prescriptions and fill them in the same building.

There are counselors that can help one with drug and alcohol problems or any type of STD, etc. At Cornell University, the Gannett Health Services Center has a department specifically for people who struggle with drugs and alcohol. These two substances are greatly abused among college students in the U.S. The Gannett Health Center provides general medical services, including screening for alcohol or other drug-related symptoms or illness and referral for treatment form other health-care providers both within Gannett and in the surrounding area. Mononucleosis is a fairly common sickness on college campuses. Mononucleosis, often referred to as “mono” or “the kissing disease,” is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and is passed from person to person through coughing, sneezing and kissing. The virus is found in saliva and mucus.

Signs of mononucleosis usually develop four to seven weeks after one is exposed to the virus. During this time, one could feel perfectly fine. Symptoms of mononucleosis in college age persons consist of fever, sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, and fatigue. Some also experience headaches, decreased appetite, abdominal pains and rash. For some, the symptoms are few and mild; others may be so ill that they are unable to eat or drink or look after themselves.

There is no treatment or antibiotic for the Epstein-Barr virus as it is a virus and will only go away with plenty of rest and fluids. Generally people contract the virus only once in their lifetime but, once a person has contracted it, they are at a higher risk to contract it again. The main serious concern with mononucleosis is that the spleen will enlarge and even rupture. Any kind of strenuous activity during the course of mononucleosis could cause the spleen to rupture. Other complications of the virus include liver infections, producing a mild case of hepatitis and yellow jaundice.

The Epstein-Barr virus causes one to feel extremely weak and tired, and unable to function. Eating meals sometimes seems too strenuous to the person. How can one be expected to keep up with the fast pace of college life when getting out of bed is entirely to hard? This virus is so common among college students that universities have policies written specifically for persons with this illness. Most of the students who contract this virus have to withdraw themselves from school for the remainder of the semester and pick up next semester where they left off or in most cases, start over. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) are also very common among college students. College life is associated with “finding oneself.” This can include drinking, doing drugs, sleeping around, and experimenting with homosexuality. All of these things can be extremely dangerous to one’s health not only in the physical sense but also in an emotional sense.

Diseases are contracted so easily even when protection is used. There are thousands of different kinds of STDs, many of which are incurable and untreatable. The symptoms can range from a rash to death. STDs are so common that almost everyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting a disease. A condom is not always valid protection against these diseases. Condoms can break or the disease could seep through or it may be that the disease’s rash has spread to the surrounding area and any contact with that area could cause one to contract the disease.

HIV is a virus that can be transmitted through any type of unprotected sex and the sharing of needles whether it be for drugs, piercing the skin or even for a medical procedure. At the Gannett Health Center one can receive counseling and get testing done. The counselors can help one decide if they need to be tested, and offer moral support for those who have contracted the virus. They can also refer students to treatment centers around the are that can postpone the onset of illness indefinitely. Colleges have greatly improved their health care and food services over the past few years. While going away to college can be a very large and scary step, if a person is responsible and ready to make that step, it can be a very healthy and much needed experience in one’s life.

There are so many opportunities that college opens up to a person. One is able to meet new people and try new things. Giving up the comforts of living at home is an essential step in the growing up process. College life is a great stepping stone and in some cases it is a more comfortable lifestyle than one’s home life. There are so many opportunities including trying new foods, learning about different kinds of people, and learning how to focus in a fast paced, noise filled environment. While it can be hard to adjust to this new environment, it is a great experience that will cause one to become a more cultured and well-rounded person. Even the bad things mentioned in this paper, sickness, poor diet habits, etc.; these things can build character in a person.

God gives everyone challenges in their lives and expects them to ask Him for the help they need. God gives people only what they can deal with. With God, anyone can deal with anything. He gives us challenges for a reason. When people take on these challenges, they become stronger and are able to deal with more of life’s challenges that will come in the following years. There is a reason for everything. Outline I.

Weight Gain A. Freshmen 15 B. Eating habits 1. Vegetarians 2. Dining Halls C. Eating disorders 1. Anorexia Nervosa 2.

Bulimia 3. Causes of Eating Disorders II. Personal Hygiene A. Life in the Residence Halls B. Change from High School to College III. Illnesses A.

Immune Systems B. Medical Centers C. Common Sicknesses 1. Mononucleosis 2. STDs 3. HIV virus Social Issues.