Campus Life

Fighting The Freshman 15

We have discussed the best college food here in past posts. Surprisingly (maybe not surprisingly), some high schoolers rank a college's food quality near or at the top of their selection criteria. That mystifies me, but I have listened to high school students try to justify allowing food to be such a strong influence in their choice of potential schools.

Moving past that debatable approach, let's consider for a moment the consequences of putting such emphasis on quality, but possibly empty, calories: weight gain. You may have heard the old term, “freshman 10" or (with inflation and all) “freshman 15." That refers to the number of pounds first-year college students can gain once they escape the watchful eyes of parents. Parties, late-night snacks, high-calorie “beverages," and all can throw a real challenge at young waistlines.

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