Is The “Freshman 15” Real—And Risky?

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The infamous “freshman 15” that women are sometimes said to gain during their first year of college is largely a myth. It’s more like the “freshman 5,” researchers have found; but that’s no reason to let out a sigh of relief. Even that lower number can lead to a lifetime of weight gain. Because this seemingly small increase typically happens in just a semester’s worth of months, researchers warn that this could hint at a tendency to continue gaining weight at this quick rate. In other words, five pounds every five months really adds up! What may be especially surprising is the fact that women who were athletic in high school may be more likely to gain weight when they enter college. Even without eating more, if they do not join a school team and instead spend most of their time studying, the new lack of activity can start this risky weight gain. What was your experience with college weight gain? Tell us by leaving a comment below.

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