Study Declares 'Freshman 15' a Myth

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The “Freshman 15” - it’s a ...

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The “Freshman 15” - it’s a phrase that scares new college students into keeping a close eye on the scale. But is it really something freshman should fear?
A new study says nope. Myth busted.

KXAN reports the study claims the phrase should be more like the “Freshman 3”.

“A new study from Ohio State and University of Michigan-Dearborn scientists discovered most college students don't gain that much weight in their first year. In fact, the researchers say the average freshman gains about three pounds over that school year about the same as people that age who don't go to college.”

According to the study, the average college student doesn’t even gain 15 pounds in the entire four years on campus. A writer for The Wall Street Journal suggests a new name for the weight gain:

“While there was no freshman 15, there was clearly what we’ll call a “college creep.” The study found the average female gains 8.9 pounds over her college career, while the average male’ ‘ gains 13.4 pounds.”

So what causes the extra pounds in college?
A blogger for the Village Voice notes some of what the study suggests...

“Things that did make people gain weight were heavy drinking, eating a bunch of crap, working, and, actually, ‘becoming a young adult.’ So, basically, college won't make you fat, but life will. The Life 15. Fear it, we are all susceptible!”

According to Time magazine, the study’s authors urge the media and colleges to drop the “Freshman 15” phrase so college students won’t stress so much over that extra slice of pizza.

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