Diabetes Forecast

The Average College Weight Gain

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,
african american female college student eating pizza in front of computer


For many years, people have heard about the “freshman 15,” referring to the number of pounds students supposedly gain in their first year of college. Research has shown it’s actually far less than that, but most studies look only at freshman year. So what happens after that? Researchers analyzed two published studies that followed students through graduation. During four years of college, the average gain was 5.5 to 6.6 pounds. The transition from high school to college is an important time to stress healthy eating behaviors in order to prevent adult obesity, researchers say. 
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published online Sept. 15, 2014



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