'Freshman 15' Is Myth, but Weight Gain Is Real

December 12, 2016

Numerous studies have questioned the conventional wisdom that first-year college students gain an average of 15 pounds. But research just published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior finds that the average senior weighs 10 pounds more than he or she did as a freshman. The research found that the mean weight of students at the beginning of their college careers was 147 pounds and it had gone up to 157 by senior year. Further, while only 23 percent of the students in the study were overweight or obese as they started college, 41 percent were in that category by the end of senior year. The lead author of the study is Lizzy Pope, assistant professor of nutrition and food sciences at the University of Vermont.

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