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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 11:11am
(CNN) — You probably know that Ramen noodles, beer, and pizza compromise the average college student's diet, but a new study reveals that these young adults might be struggling to make healthy eating choices more frequently than previously thought.
It's not just the occasional late night pizza or the junk food that is so concerning. The study shows that students may be doing some really long-term damage to their health over just a few years in school.
The new study was done by Northwestern Medicine and Northeastern Illinois University. They found that the majority of college students are engaging in such unhealthy behavior that they are increasing their risk of cancer later on in life.
The study found 95-percent of students are not eating the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables. More than 60-percent are not getting enough physical activity.
Other unhealthy behaviors that add to their risk of cancer like smoking, binge drinking and obesity varied among students too depending, the researchers found, on the student's race.
The researchers said these findings are important because identifying the unhealthy behaviors early on and then changing them is key to reduce the risk of cancer developing later on in the student's life.