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Poor Eating Habits Begin In Teenage Years

Poor Eating Habits Begin In Teenage Years

Teen on ScaleWe all know the importance of developing healthy eating habits, and according to a new study, the earlier we develop those healthy habits, the better. Poor eating habits developed during our teenage years are likely to continue into adulthood, a new University of Minnesota report found, and those poor eating habits can increase cancer risk.

The study followed a pool of adolescents between the ages of 12-16 for 10 years, examining eating, activity and weight-related variables. Researchers found that many of the teens’ behaviors, including poor diets, unhealthy weight control practices and binge eating, followed them into adulthood, signaling the need to identify at-risk teenagers and educate them on healthy eating practices before it’s too late.

Anti-Cancer Diet Tips

While you can’t redo your teenage years, you can take steps now to get your diet back on track and reduce cancer risk while you’re at it.

  • Eat the rainbow. Fill your plate with colorful fruits and veggies to get a wide array of vitamins and minerals without the fat.
  • Limit red and processed meat consumption. Red and processed meats have been shown to raise colon cancer risk. To find out how much is too much, click here.
  • Up your fiber intake. Fiber promotes a healthy colon and digestive system by bulking waste up and moving it along. Fiber is found in many fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains and legumes.
  • Choose healthy fats. Your body needs fat for energy, but some fats are better than others. Avoid saturated and trans fats found in beef fat, pork fat, shortening and butter. Instead, opt for monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, found in canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil and corn oil.

posted on December 31, 1969 in news