Editorial: Dining hall menus need to change to help students combat the Mizzou 22

Advice that many students hear when going off to college is to “not gain the freshman 15.” Here at MU, there is a more fearful version: the Mizzou 22.

To me, the dining hall food is so processed and unhealthy that it is practically impossible to escape gaining a few pounds. Much of the food is dipped in greasy, fattening, oils that cannot be healthy for your body in any way. Even the vegetables are swimming in a buttery liquid, swirling oily strokes across the warming pan. MU offers an amazing recreation center that wins people over when they visit; yet, students who actually attend MU are still gaining this weight.

The first few weeks while I was eating at Dobbs, everything looked delicious. From the fresh fruit selection all the way to the greasy potato chips. It seemed as if there was a never-ending supply of delicious food. But, I am now almost a semester into my college career, and Dobbs is getting old. The greasy food is not appetizing any more, the fruits are not appealing any more, and the greasy potato chips are making me feel huge.

The dining halls have a website where you can check the nutritional information, including grams of carbohydrates and sugars; yet, they don’t provide all the caloric information. The site offers calorie counts on items such as carrots, or chicken, or rice, but what about all the hidden things, such as the bread, butter or seasoning?

A meal at Dobbs might consist of corn on the cob, half a cup of red grapes, and a grilled chicken on a bun. According to this website, the chicken is 57 calories, the white bun is 145 calories, corn on the cob is 98 calories and the grapes are 68 calories. This meal does not seem too bad when just counting those calories, but what they don’t include in that figure are the cheese, mayo and lettuce you want on your sandwich, or the butter you want on your corn. The hidden parts of this meal are the little ingredients that pack on the calories.

This website is available to the public, but it is not something the dining halls advertise. I would argue that many students do not know the amount of calories they consume each day, and they do not know where or how to look up this information. In my opinion, dining halls should display the amount of calories for each item.

It would also help me and other students consume less food at the dining hall if it was not buffet style. Each item should cost something different, for instance, a chicken sandwich might be worth $0.75 of a swipe, this way students would be more aware of the amount of food they are consuming.

The people in charge of the dining halls argue that it’s not their fault students are gaining weight. They are quick to point out that MU offers an amazing recreation center that can be accessed by any student who attends. The problem is, when I go to the recreation center to work out, it is so crowded that I get overwhelmed and even more stressed out. Who wants to stand in line for a treadmill when I could be using this time to study?

Working out is part of the solution to combating unhealthy foods, but when the rec center is constantly crowded, why would someone want to stress themselves out even more? In order for people to stay away from the haunting “Mizzou 22,” things need to change within the dining halls meal plans.

By Morgan Gamble
Corner Post Staff Writer