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Feds Shell Out Over $50K to Study Whether Undergraduates Eat Junk Food When They Drink

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By    |   Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 09:26 AM

Does heavy alcohol along with junk food consumption lead to weight gain among undergraduates? The National Institutes of Health is spending funds over $50,000 to determine whether students consume junk food when they drink, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

The study, which is being conducted to prove whether "heavy drinking may lead to unhealthy eating habits surrounding drinking episodes," will stretch over a period of two years. The study will also will also focus on whether heavy drinking leads to weight gain among undergraduates.

As many as 175 freshmen from the University of Kansas will be weighed three times a year and surveyed about eating and drinking habits as part of the study.

Researchers also pointed out that junk food has been "overlooked" while studying why freshmen gain weight.

"Heavy alcohol use, weight gain, and obesity are highly prevalent among college students," according to a grant for the project.

"Alcohol is a dense calorie source and heavy use during college may lead to weight gain that is maintained through adulthood. However, examination of this potential effect in college students has been limited to secondary analysis of existing datasets with weak, often non-validated assessment of alcohol consumption."

"In addition to being a caloric source, heavy drinking may lead to unhealthy eating habits surrounding drinking episodes, which may also contribute to weight gain," according to the grant, which was awarded this summer.

The on-going study has already cost taxpayers $56, 698 with the NIH already having shelled out more than $1.5 million into "freshmen 15" study, which highlights how students eat and drink together and consequently gain weight during their first year at school.

The project aims to establish links why college students eat junk food when they drink.

"Some students frequently eat excess, calorie-dense food during drinking episodes, possibly due to the increased rewarding value of food while intoxicated, while others restrict food before drinking to compensate for alcohol calories," the grant said.

"Body mass index (BMI) during young adulthood is highly predictive of BMI later in life, and obesity is associated with a host of health problems. The long-term goal of this research is to develop a prevention intervention that addresses both problems in college students."

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