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.
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.