‘Freshman 15′ A Myth???

Did you happen to see the article in Tuesday’s NYTimes Health section titled,

‘Freshman 15′ Is A Myth, a Study Suggests

Here’s a quote from the article.

Everyone knows that college freshmen typically gain 15 pounds in their first year of college: the notorious “freshman 15.”

But what everyone “knows” may be a myth.

According to a new study, freshmen actually gain an average of 2.5 to 3.5 pounds, and the weight gain has little to do with college attendance.

I’ve got news for those researchers at Ohio State University.  The “freshman 15′ is NOT a myth.  I don’t agree with their (probably) scientific research findings and I have photos to prove it.  I’m not saying that everyone gains the ‘freshman 15′.  Some college freshman gain more, thus making up for those who don’t.  The ’15′ is an average.  Again, I have photos to prove it.  Oh, I’m not gonna show you those photos.  You’ll have to take my word for it.

I do, however, agree with the researchers’ conclusion that there are other, more important things to worry about while at college.  You might, for instance, worry instead about getting to know that cute guy who lives in your dorm.  You might, for instance, even come up with a plan to both A) battle the ‘freshman 15′, AND B) get to know that cute guy.

One such plan might be to ask that cute guy to play on a co-ed intramural badminton team.  If you’re going with this plan though, I have some advice to share:

Make sure you know how to play badminton.

This will be helpful because:

1)  Turns out, many people view badminton as an actual sport, and you could wind up playing some very competitive, experienced players.

2)  Just because you played badminton with your Grandfather in his backyard while on your summer vacations, does not make you a competitive badminton player.  You might find your intramural  competitors better players and waaaay more mean than your Grandfather.

3)  Said cute guy might also be very competitive at sports and you could end up embarrassing yourself.


Part B) of your plan may still work out, however.   That cute guy could end up your husband.  Just saying.

As for Part A) of your plan?  Maybe it would be easier to fend off the ‘Freshman 15′ if you were willing to sweat a little in front of cute boy.  You decide.

All I’m saying here is that the ‘Freshman 15′ is REAL.  At least it was back when I went to college.

1 comment

  1. Andrea says:

    Our friend Andrew lost weight when he got to college because he started eating Ramen noodles instead of the (deliciously greasy) fried chicken his mom made for him. His freshman fifteen was a -15

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