Study: Freshman 15 a Myth

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.