How so is the Freshman 15 a myth?


This is timely enough, considering we’ve just come off Thanksgiving.

TommieMedia (of the University of St. Thomas) covers an Ohio State University study that says the Freshman 15 is a myth. What it finds:

  • Women 2.4 pounds, on average;
  • Men 3.4 pounds;
  • Weight gain does happen over a college career — 7-9 pounds on average for women, and 12-13 pounds for men;
  • College students really only gain a half pound more than peers who don’t go to school.
Read TommieMedia’s coverage of student perspectives here.