Is the "Freshman 15" for real?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Is the "Freshman 15" for real?
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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 9:15pm

According to a study by Ohio State University, it's all a myth!

The Myth of the Freshman Fifteen
Turns out, it's more like the Freshman 2.5. So why do we get so worked up about it?
http://www.ivillage.com/myth-freshman-fifteen/4-a-398047

Did your college students gain weight when they went away to college?

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 9:29pm

Mine lost weight (is 6'3" and was 150 dripping wet (about 160 going in; up to 182 when on swim team in HS); now about 155) freshman year - he said he was too busy doing stuff and getting to class to have time to eat. Now that he doesn't have a meal plan but has a little bigger refrigerator and stove, he can throw meals together quicker and still be studying in his apartment - a much better fit for him.

Sue

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Tue, 11-01-2011 - 11:08pm
Hi Kellie,
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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 11:58pm

Not at all.

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 2:51pm
OH MY GOSH Elle! That is very disturbing. I can totally see how it would make sense (?) or appeal to some college girls though. Save money and calories. Yikes.
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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 10:56pm

No they lost it actually. My youngest complains he's lost 6 pounds since September and he sure doesnt have much to lose to start with. His brother has stayed the same. They tell me it's the stress and work load. I had never heard of the Freshman 15.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 8:43pm
My two both lost weight. Freshmen 15 also refers to the marks.. The kids gain weight and their marks drop from high school.