The Importance Of Weight Gain In College

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The “Freshman 15” is an epidemic that sweeps across every college in the country. The research conducted by the Indiana University and Tufts University shows that 60% of freshman did put on weight their first year in college. The women said they gained 7 ½ pounds; men about 9 pounds. I have noticed with myself just taking online classes I have put on a few extra pounds. It is easy to get in the habit of eating extra food while doing homework or just relaxing while you are between classes. The buffet style meals are another way for students to overeat. Students need to learn how to control their eating during the day to avoid putting on the extra pounds. Students gain weight, and in turn increases the risk of chronic diseases.
The change of routine that college students experience
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Students can join intramural teams to stay active. Stress cause freshman to overeat and gain unwanted weight. The stress also take away time for students to exercise and be active.
Not all weight gained is from stressed. “Although not all weight gain reflects an unhealthy condition,”(42 Hoffman) “Indiana University and Tufts University shows that 76% of female students and 33% of male students do eat when they are stressed.” (1 Hellmich) The Indiana University research team also shows students gain weight from drinking beer which has doubled if not tripled since being in college. “Determining whether rapid changes in a student’s environment, and perhaps eating behavior, during the first year of college contribute to weight gain among students is therefore important.”(42

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