Freshman 15

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A popular term for a ‘rite of passage’ affecting many American students in the first—freshman—year of college or university in which they live away from home. Food consumption often becomes more erratic and the diet more indiscriminate than is more typical of relatively scheduled and balanced meals of home life with their parents. The number 15 refers to the pounds gained during this period
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Night one unwrap Ohio punk band City Lights along with Freshman 15, Carousel Kings, When the Sun Sets, Glory Days, Knockout Kid and New Nights.
'Some employers are noticing weight gain among their employees - almost like the 'freshman 15' when they first start working there,' she noted.
Changes in body weight and fat mass of men and women in the first year of college: A study of the 'freshman 15'.
Additionally, testing this hypothesis among college students is useful because they are at most risk of engaging in unhealthy eating behaviors resulting in weigh gain termed the "Freshman 15" (Mihalopoulos, Auinger, & Klein, 2008).
he doesn't want to gain the freshman 15.'' (For the record, researchers say it's a myth that college students gain 15 pounds their first year -- it's more like three or five pounds.)
Nutritionist Amanda Hamilton said: "They are likely to fall prey to the 'Freshman 15' - the 15lbs of weight gain typical of first year university students."
I was still exercising abundantly, so I did not have to worry about the "Freshman 15" quite as much as a non-athlete, but I was in a new environment with greater access to unhealthy food and no access to my mother's healthy cooking.
Los Angeles, CA, December 21, 2012 --( No one wants to gain the Freshman 15 in college, but many students do.
Washington, Nov 1 (ANI): An average college student gains between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds during the first year of college as opposed to the popular "the freshman 15" belief, a study has revealed.
With unlimited dining, late nights, and no parental oversight, new college students may experience the "freshman 15," extra weight that presumably accumulates from such lifestyle changes.
Previous research about college freshmen and weight gain--often called the "freshman 15" for the 15 pounds they are assumed to gain after entering college--has focused largely on documenting diet and physical activity (Bray and Born 2004; Graham and Jones 2002; Hodge, Jackson, and Sullivan 1993; Hoffman et al.
Furthermore, the freshman year of college is marked by an increase risk in disordered eating and the perpetually rumored "freshman 15," a term used to describe weight gain thought to typically occur during this time period (Anderson, Shapiro, & Lundgren, 2003; Hoffman, Policastro, Quick, & Lee, 2006; Striegel-Moore, Silberstein, & Rodin, 1986).