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College Students in No Shape for the Future

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- College is a time to learn, to grow, to get woefully out of shape.

Northwestern Medicine and Northeastern Illinois University researchers, after studying data from the 2010 National College Health Assessment of 3,000 students, warn that unhealthy behaviors learned at school make young people more prone to cancer in later life.

For example, a stunning 19 out of 20 students fail to eat the recommended amount of five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

Furthermore, 60 percent of students don’t perform at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise three days a week, which is also recommended under federal guidelines.

The study also takes into consideration such bad habits as smoking, binge drinking and becoming either overweight or obese. What’s more, the researchers are concerned that minority groups, particularly African-Americans and Native Americans, put themselves at greater risk of engaging in unhealthy behaviors that can result in diseases that can cut years off their lives.

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