Freshmen Fifteen Myth Confirmed or Busted?

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 Is the Freshmen Fifteen myth confirmed or busted?

 The “Freshmen Fifteen” refers to the number of pounds college students are rumored to gain during their first-year. A recent study says that weight gain occurs throughout the college years but the numbers are off.

 According to PyschCentral, a national study shows average weight gain is gradual and it may take until college graduation to come closer to that number:

 Researchers determined that not more than 10 percent of college freshman gained 15 pounds or more — and a quarter of freshman reported actually losing weight during their first year.

 On average, women gained 2.4 pounds during their freshman year, while men gained 3.4 pounds.

However, the study also shows weight gain continues throughout college and thereafter, per PsychCentral:

 The results do show, however, that college students do gain weight steadily over their college years.

The typical woman gains between seven and nine pounds, while men gain between 12 and 13 pounds.


They found that in the first four years after college, the typical respondent gained another 1.5 pounds per year.

 Is the Freshmen Fifteen myth confirmed or busted? College weight gain is confirmed although the snappy term incorporates a fudged number.

 5 Ways to Avoid the Freshmen Fifteen is the title of an article I wrote with nutritionist Shelley Howe for Merrick Life, a local publication. We provide tips for how students can stay fit and eat healthy while in college. 

Read more: 3 Ways to Prevent the College Freshmen 15 

POCSmom’s College Prep DIY Insight: More students are taking 6 years not the previous 4 to graduate from college, allowing more time for potential weight gain. Whether or not the Freshmen poundage number of “15” is confirmed or busted, healthy eating and life-styles never go out-of-style.