Stress is the biggest cause in weight gain whilst at university.

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Student choosing food  (photo: Jonathan Lowe )
Student choosing food

Research conducted by Slimming World, looking at more than a 1,000 students, found that stress is the biggest cause of weight gain whilst at university.

By the end of university, nearly two thirds of students had but on between one and five stone.

But stress wasn’t the only cause with a culture of binge drinking, unhealthy eating and lack of cooking knowledge also to blame.

Mike Fisher, Sports participation officer at the University of Brighton, Hastings campus, understands student’s struggles but says there is another release to stress: “Getting you results and getting good grades is vitally important, but it is also important that you are getting out and about, and doing stuff that keeps yourself active.     

I know that if you’ve spent an hour looking at your work and have mind block, you need a break, go take a break and come to a Parklife session. “

Another problem that many students said in the survey was a lack of knowledge of how to cook healthily.

15% said they would have been challenged to make scrambled eggs on toast, with 5% not even able to make cheese on toast.

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