Study: Freshman 15 a Myth

    BERKELEY, CA - APRIL 03:  Students at the University of California, Berkeley build salads from a salad bar with organic vegetables at UC Berkeley's Crossroads dining commons April 3, 2006 in Berkeley, California. UC Berkeley became the first American college campus to offer an organic salad bar prepared by a certified organic kitchen. The school expects to have all four of its campus food service run dining halls to offer the organic salad bar by spring 2007.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    A new study released Wednesday says the long-heralded “freshman 15” weight gain is just a myth, as most students do not gain that much weight in their first year of college. Ohio State University research scientist Jay Zagorsky found in a study that the average student gains between 2.4 and 3.5 pounds in his or her freshman year, and 25 percent of students actually lose weight in that first year. College freshman are often facing a host of new changes in their lives—moving away from home, different hours, loss of required exercise class, easier access to high-calorie alcoholic drinks, and access to all-you-can-eat cafeterias and fast-food restaurants—but despite all those changes, they still don’t pack on 15 pounds. Over four years of college, women gained an average of 8.9 pounds and men gained an average of 13.4 pounds.

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