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Avoiding the Freshman 15

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | 2:17 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , , , No comments


According to a recent study conducted at Ohio State University and the University of Michigan (published in December 2011 in Social Science Quarterly), the “Freshman 15” is in fact a myth! The origin of this concept goes back to an article published in Seventeen Magazine in 1989.

After reviewing the data on 7,400 college students it was determined that most freshman do not gain 15 pounds. On average, college freshman gain much less than 15 pounds - or even lose weight. However, it is still important to be a conscious eater for your overall health. All foods can fit into a healthy diet - you just need to practice moderation!