How so is the Freshman 15 a myth?

Not as fat as you think

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.