Exam stress? Shun fast food

London: Students, please take note. Increased stress during examinations is associated with eating a poor-quality diet including less fruit and vegetables and more fast food, say researchers. The research suggests that students have difficulties eating healthy food and find themselves adopting bad eating habits, leading to stress.

“Our findings looking at the eating habits of students during exam periods confirm this stress-induced dietary deterioration hypothesis,” said Nathalie Michels, lead researcher from Ghent University in Belgium.  During the month-long exam period, participants found it harder to stick to a healthy diet, and only a quarter fulfilled the WHO recommended 400g of fruit and vegetables a day. —IANS

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