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Freshman 15 a Total Myth

My freshman year I went to the gym every day, sometimes for 2 hours at a time. I lived on campus it was really easy to get there (parking wasn't an issue) and it was the first time since volleyball season that I had a gym available to me always. I was in the best shape I had been in a long time.  I didn't eat dinner at the sorority house, but made it at the dorm (limited options there but it worked). I wasn't a Two for Tuesdays Pokey Sticks gal (I had them once in all my four years) and my late night snack was typically apple and peanut butter.

So when I saw the recent study about the Freshman 15 being a media myth it made sense to me. Investigators found that women gained an average of 2.4 lbs during their freshman year. Also, about one in four reported actually losing weight.

The typical weight gain is over the course of the four years, women gain about 7 to 9 lbs. I can attest to that after moving off campus sophomore year I put on some weight. There was a beautiful kitchen where I could make things late at night when we got home from the bars.

I think it might be time to make it the "College 15," which certainly isn't as catchy, but sheds more light on the weight gain that is possible.


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