Study Finds ‘Freshman 15′ to Be a Myth

A new study in Social Science Quarterly has found that students are more likely to gain three pounds during their first year of college than the full “freshman 15,” as myth would have it, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The national study, led by an Ohio State University researcher, used data from 7,000 teenagers who reported their weight each year beginning in 1997. The top 5 percent of weight-gainers put on about 18 pounds as freshmen, while a quarter of the first-year students actually lost weight.

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