What the heck is the Freshman 15?

It’s Thanksgiving week. The week we think of turkey, stuffing, and heaping piles of buttery mashed potatoes followed up by thick wedges of pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream.

Of course, we’d like to be able to eat all of that and still fit into our jeans, which might be a challenge. If this is your first year on campus, you may have already experienced some weight gain. If you haven’t gotten to campus yet, you might want to know a little more about the famed Freshman 15.

What is the Freshman 15?

It’s the term that is used for the weight gain that many college freshmen experience in their first term or first year of school. 

There are several causes of the Freshman 15:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Latte-night snacking
  • Keeping and eating unhealthy snacks
  • Making unhealthy choices in the school’s dining hall
  • Drinking too much alcohol

to help you, including one to track your calories and another to tell you how many calories you’ve burned while on the treadmill. And many of them are free.  

And don’t panic. Most first-year students don’t gain 15 pounds. In fact, a recent study in Social Science Quarterly dispels the myth that freshmen gain 15 pounds, noting instead that the average weight gain during the first year of college is between 2.4 and 3.5 pounds.

Regardless of the average weight gain, we’re here to help. On Wednesday, we’ll give you some suggestions on what you gain do to avoid it.

Of course, if you have any suggestions we can share, please let us know.

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