Freshman 15? Oregon State says it’s a myth!

August 20th, 2014

Have you heard of the phrase the “Freshman 15”? If not, this is a common phrase amongst college students implying that in your first year you will gain 15 pounds as you experience eating whatever you want, whenever you want! But a 2009 Oregon State study showed that the average first-year students puts on somewhere between 3 to 7 pounds. The study also indicates that men are more likely to gain weight then women in that freshman year.

The habits you form in your freshman year move with you throughout your college years and beyond. So how can you survive? Today posted an article providing tips for students to avoid the “freshman diet”:

  • Navigating the dining hall maze
  • Keep moving!
  • Social calories
  • Eating your feelings aka comfort food
  • It is a balancing act!

Oregon State offers a variety of options for on campus dining, student access to the Dixon Recreation Center, the Healthy Campus Initiative, and many other services available for students to encourage and support a healthy lifestyle!

Go Beavs,


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