“They go to college with a kind of naiveté,” says King. “When they are in the college dorm, suddenly they are confronted with managing and making decisions on everything from what to eat, what to drink, how to relate to the opposite sex, how and when to study, handling their own money -- all in an atmosphere of comparison and competition. They are comparing themselves with their peers, and they lose sense of themselves.”
According to Collegescholarships.org, one in four freshmen students drops out in their first year in college. With regard to female students, the American College Health Association reported that:
49% of college women reported feeling things were hopeless at some point in the previous 12 months (10 percentage points higher than college men).
56% of female college students reported feeling overwhelming anxiety (16 percentage points higher than college men).
54% of female college students reported that their weight was “about right,” yet 58% were actively trying to lose weight.
48% of female college students rated academics as "traumatic or very difficult to handle" (9 percentage points higher than male college students).
King decided to do something about this alarming trend. She gathered her colleagues in finance, fitness, fashion/make-
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Nancy King is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Exercise Physiologist. She has been in private practice for 25 years, based in La Cañada Flintridge. Her areas of expertise include personal wellness, sports nutrition, eating disorder recovery and diabetes care.