Tips to Avoid the ‘Freshman 15’

Stresses of freshman year can bring big weight gain
group of college kids sitting around a pizza

By: Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

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Freshman year at college is a notoriously easy time to gain weight. The syndrome is so common there’s even a name for it: the “Freshman 15” (extra pounds, that is).­

I’m not sure where they came up with that number, but it’s true that you can add significant weight during your first year at school if you’re not careful. Making good food choices and getting enough exercise isn’t always a top priority when you’re trying to rapidly adapt to a new environment.

Excess stress and a demanding new schedule — not to mention all-you-can-eat cafeterias at school dining halls — can really make managing your weight a challenge. But there are steps you can take to keep those extra pounds off!

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