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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com)-- No one wants to gain the Freshman 15 in college, but many students do.
The new ebook, "College Fit Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Fit, Fight the Freshman 15 and More," is all about keeping off the pounds and being healthy in college.
The results of the study suggest that media reporting of the freshman 15 myth may have serious implications and may contribute to the perception of being overweight.
But the threat of the infamous Freshman 15 -- the 15 pounds students are said to gain in their first year of college -- has loomed over many an incoming freshman class.
The two-thirds that do, the average weight gain is nowhere near the legendary and mythic Freshman 15.
A recent study found that 90% of first year college students are aware of the freshman 15, yet many students chose to ignore the warning signs related to weight gain (Jung et al.
I needed to lose the Freshman 15 fast, so I opted for a limited-carbohydrate diet.
Call it ``the Freshman 15,'' a spare tire, beer belly or, if you go to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, the semi-dreaded and politically incorrect ``Lu-Butt.