Is the Freshman 15 a Myth or a Reality?

Kendall Sienon, Staff Writer

Wingate, N.C. — Going into college, people are warned relentlessly about the potential of the dreaded freshman 15. During freshman orientation, they bring up the possibility of weight gain and how to combat it. All over social media, there are countless articles on tips on how to avoid gaining weight in college. But how prevalent is this claim?

Moving from your hometown into college is a big transition. You’re in a new environment with new people. The food is different and there is temptation to go out to eat with friends especially late at night. A lot of times exercise seems to be the last thing on the list to do.

Senior Lauren Register says the freshman 15 is normal. “The body has a difficult time adapting to the new living arrangements,” Lauren states. Lauren noticed significant weight gain her freshman year. “My eating choices weren’t the best and the food offered at school aren’t always the healthiest.” Throughout college, Lauren has learned to eat healthier and workout regularly to avoid any significant weight gain.

Although working out and being active may not be the only solution to avoid weight gain. Freshman Sierra Street on the Women’s Lacrosse Team noticed weight gain because of the heavy lifting and increased appetite. “I feel like I am in shape,” Street states, “being an athlete has helped me maintain weight but if you eat the right things, you’ll gain muscle mass and that’s not always a bad thing.”

However, males are equally as affected by this potential increased weight gain in the first year . Junior Chris Birozes noticed weight gain among his non-athlete, male friends here at school and from home.

Although he is an athlete and didn’t notice weight gain for himself, he believes there is strong correlation between weight gain and time management. “I think the freshman 15 comes when there is no balance between school, friends, working out, sleeping and extra curriculars,” said Birozes.

Die Reich, Director of Campus Recreation, suggests that students remain active throughout their college career. She strongly suggests taking advantage of the Campus Recreation’s programs and services and the new fitness center.

Furthermore, poor eating and portion size can definetly affect lots of students. “Portion size can be the biggest culprit in weight gain,” says Reich. She suggests writing down what you eat and if possible how much. By using fitness trackers like My Fitness Pal, it can give you nutritional information, calories, and other important information on fitness and healthy eating.

The dreaded freshman 15 may be prevalent on campuses all over the country but there are ways to combat it through healthy eating, exercise and being aware of the risk.

Photo source: Google images

Edited by: Brea Childs

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