The Effects Of Weight Gain On Student Stress, Depression, And Poor Eating Habits

903 Words Dec 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Although a popular notion among first-year university students, the "freshmen fifteen" is a serious issue related to student stress, depression, and poor eating habits. This notion is common on social media and university campuses. Weight gain during the beginning of post-secondary for first-year students is shown to actually average about 5 lbs (Vella-Zarb and Elgar 161). Only recently has the idea behind the ‘freshmen fifteen/five’ caught the attention of the scientific community (Vella-Zarb and Elgar 161). This essay will examine the concept behind the occurrence of weight gain in first year students. The ‘freshmen fifteen’ is not just a common expression; the deeper mechanism behind the concept is a serious issue related to student well-being. The rise of depression, not knowing how to cope with stress, and lack of nutritional education are underling cause for the ‘freshmen fifteen’.
No doubt that there is a rise in emotional distress among students when entering post-secondary the last decade. The prevalence of depression among university students has nearly double in 2009 (Melnyk, et al. 314). Tyler Kingkade, explains that freshmen are spending less time socializing with friends and classmates (para. 1). Consequently, this means first-year students will have no way of release stress as they cannot find the time to socialize to do so. Despite many professors’ efforts to engage their students into socializing among each other, many students would rather work alone than…

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