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Why Do We Eat the Way We Do?

Why do we eat the way we do?

You may not notice it, but there are several factors of influence that come into play when you’re making decisions everyday.  Think about the last time you ate. Why did you eat it? Were you extra hungry? Where was the food from? Understanding the different factors—personal and environmental—that influence our food choices will help you […]

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Is Mac Well? – NCHA 2019 Survey Results


The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) was completed by a randomized sample of McMaster students, to gain a snapshot of the student population health status. From 1087 respondents, information about health behaviours, health indicators and student experience, were collected. The findings will be used to better understand the needs of the student population, to inform […]

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Did You Know… McMaster Wellness Edition


The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey will be sent out to a randomized sample of McMaster students on January 24th. It includes questions on a wide range of topics, including alcohol use, sexual health, and mental health. The data collected from the survey helps to identify the wellness needs of the student population, as […]

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Binge Eating Disorders: The Pervasiveness of Eating Disorders Among University Students


The transition from highschool to university can be very difficult and in some cases affect one’s eating habits. University students are alarmingly vulnerable to eating disorders, many of which are prone to a binge eating disorder (BED). BEDs are characterized as a life-threatening eating disorder of compulsively eating a high intake of calories or abnormal […]

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Mindful Eating on Campus: A Perspective on Balance

Photo of a glass head on a blue background. The head's "brain" is made up of different foods.

Being mindful is usually associated with meditation and wellbeing, but recent advances in the areas of mindfulness have applied it to other aspects of life, such as physical health. Did you know that applying mindfulness techniques to diet and exercise can better your physical health? According to Registered Dietitian Liana Bontempo from McMaster’s Hospitality Services, mindful eating […]

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Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Goes Too Far

A beige bowl and a stainless steel fork rest on a bamboo mat. In the bowl, there are olives, slices of red onion, and large pieces of chopped tomato.

For many young adults, the inspiration to eat healthier begins online. Health gurus on Instagram, YouTube, and personal blogs post beautiful pictures of food and detail the transformational effects of their diets on their health and happiness. For many, this is a helpful way to learn how to make healthy lifestyle modifications but for some, […]

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Smartphones…the next step to better health?


As university students, the academic term can become quite overwhelming. In the midst of balancing quizzes, midterms, presentations and assignments, it is easy to neglect other aspects of your life. For many, this usually involves sacrificing a good, balanced diet and regular exercise. Often, it is simply a matter of not knowing where to begin, […]

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