Have you heard of the freshman 15? It is the 15 lbs. that you are guaranteed to gain in the first year of college. It turns out, according to an Ohio State University study, that the dreaded freshman 15 is more fiction than fact! The study found that freshman students gain, on average, between 2.5-3.5 lbs. during their freshman year. In fact, only about 10% of freshman gained 15 lbs. or more during their first year in college.
These results could simply be due to the growing and maturing bodies of 18 year olds. The researchers for the study suggest that college freshman only put on about 1 lb. more than their non-college counterparts. They assert that freshman should not fear putting on extra weight and should allow themselves to partake in normal college activities - such as ordering that late-night pizza!
But what about those who did gain 15 lbs. or more? The researchers stated that heavy alcohol consumption could contribute to the larger weight gains. In addition to many other negative affects, binge drinking leads to massive "empty" calorie intake. These calories can certainly contribute to large amounts of weight gain!
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