I’m not sure where they came up with that number, but you can indeed 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 adapt to a new environment rapidly.
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!
The college experience is definitely an exciting time full of newfound freedom and choices. If you are like me, one of the highlights was definitely the dining hall all-you-can-eat buffet (what can I say, I love to eat!). Unfortunately, that, of course, leads to the dreaded “Freshman 15”,
the weight you put on from all of those 1 am pizza runs. While it’s not really 15 pounds, weight gain doesn’t happen overnight; freshman typically does gain bodyweight more than 9 pounds for men and over 4 pounds for women. Studies have also shown that first-year students experience weight gain 5.5x the rate of the general population.