As students are back in the full swing of college, there are many things to focus on: classes, studying, working, extracurriculars and making time for their social life. Unfortunately, healthy eating is one of those considerations that goes on the back burner. There are several reasons that explain why students are falling behind on the healthy eating regimen: unlimited food in the student cafe, lack of healthy options on campus and the limited ability to afford the expensive but healthier meals. With late night pizza ordering during those intense study sessions, convenient fast food meals between classes or even “stress snacking” that occurs, students are packing on the “freshman 15.” The freshman 15 is an expression commonly used to describe the extra weight that students put on during their freshman year of college. Research shows that students gain an average of 3 to 10 pounds during their first two years of college. Most of the weight gain, however, happens during the first semester of freshman year.
These weight gains do not have to occur. By counteracting those unhealthy habits and practicing healthy ones, students can reduce their risk of gaining the extra weight. The Washington Post shares some helpful strategies to fighting off the freshman 15.
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