Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"The Freshman 15"
College is a time when freshman are away from their parents, really for the first time, and whether we want to admit it or not, many new college students neglect the proper nutritional care for their bodies. There is no one to tell them when or how much to eat and therefore, portion control becomes a huge problem. Eating Ramen noodles at two in the morning after a long night of drinking becomes a regular habit, and suddenly those new clothes they bought for back to school no longer fit.
According to Freshman15.com, women are more vulnerable to gain weight once they go off to college than men. Many of the new students turn to food as a way to comfort the new stressors of roommates and challenging classes and drink excessively to fit in at parties. Although it is said that the "freshman fifteen" should more realistically be called the "freshman five," some of the horror stories tells of new students gaining over seventy pounds.
It is recommended that students don't skip breakfast, eat on a regular schedule, pack snacks to take to class should they be studying all day, exercise routinely and be especially careful about what is eaten and drank on weekends! Everything should be done in moderation!
*Did you gain weight as a freshman? If so, what do you think was the cause? If not, what did you do to prevent it?*