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Freshman 15

Yea..the one thing we don’t want to happen in college. Everyone dreads the unwanted weight gain in the beginning of our college career. The first semester is filled with unexpected events, meeting new people, staying up all night writing essays and the last thing we think about is what we’re eating and how good it is for us. With out jam packed schedules its hard to find time to go to the gym. This article goes over different reason on why the freshman 15 occurs and trust me, its not a myth, its reality. The main reason why we gain those few extra pounds is because for the first time we’re living alone which means we’re responsible for what we eat. We don’t have our mom to make us every meal. Everything depends on our choices. Another aspect about weight gain that I didn’t really think about is our budget. Most of us are on a student budget and being so we hunt down deals on foods. Truthfully, packaged and pre-cooked food is much cheaper than fresh food with the essential nutrients.

However, another article I came across argues that the phrase freshman 15 is a myth.

What do you guys think about the freshman fifteen? Myth or Reality?

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  1. October 10, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Truthfully, my room mates and I are finding it the opposite. Three of us have all lost ten pounds each since coming to GW. For me I have problems finding vegetarian food at J Street and some of the other areas around campus so I stick to certain places, or just eat in the dorm. My room mate is gluten free and vegetarian so she has been really struggling and even had boxes of food sent home. Two of my room mates run every morning down to the monuments or up to georgetown and for me the constant walking is a change. I can no longer hop in my car to go anyway, we walk everywhere burning of the calories that would normally be the freshman fifteen. I was afraid of the freshman fifteen, and when I injured my leg so I could no longer go running or do yoga I was really worried. However it seems to be pretty easy to control as long as you are aware of it.
    From the other side I have two girls next door who have spent all of their colonial cash. As well as guys down the hall that spend 200 dollars a week on meat, but they are division 1 athletes who burn off all the food they eat. So I think we can choose to gain the weight or not, choose to eat or not, or work out or not. We no longer have our parents telling us how to eat, well we do this weekend but then it is just us again!

  2. October 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I have to say I agree with with Laura here; I’ve actually had to buy some new clothes because things that used to fit perfectly have become obnoxiously saggy. Maybe it’s that we both come from an area where one must drive everywhere and the weather’s usually pretty crap so people tend not to go out and exercise all that much…
    In DC I find I’ve been walking constantly, something I’ve personally really enjoyed and there’s always something at least somewhat active that I’m usually doing. Also, because this city lends itself so well to running, I find I’ve been doing that much more than I ever did at home. And this last one may just be me, but I’m getting low on funds and it costs a lot more to eat a lot (especially to eat non-essential food like candy or french fries) than it does to not do so. Furthermore, a lot of the reasons for sudden weight gain cited in the articles were things I was already doing before I got to GW. My high school started at 7:10 and you had to leave by 6:30 if you stood a chance of finding parking so I never ate breakfast, never slept well, and always downed highly caffeinated drinks or sugary snacks to keep up my energy. Additionally, because everyone in my family was always so busy, we rarely had a “family meal” which meant that I already was making all my own choices when it came to what to eat, how much, at what time, and if I would even eat at all. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself here, but for me personally, the Freshman Fifteen just hasn’t been a thing.

  3. October 13, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I unfortunately agree with Priyanka here that the freshman fifteen can become a reality for some. I really think it depends on the person though and their own backgrounds, habits and will power. I personally grew up in a very healthy household and ate all organic foods of all different colors and varieties- but always a well balanced meal that I knew was good for my body! Here is not so much the case, the food quality is definitely not as good in the cafeterias (I don’t mean to sound like a snob, but it’s true) and the food that is of better quality is more expensive, which is difficult to frequently buy when you’re on a college student budget! Another reason why I have seen a decline in my health is that I actually like these new foods- I never used to be able to eat a lot of these things, so it’s all kind of a treat for me! I think that I need to start being more mindful when I’m piling all of these greasy foods on my plate. Lastly, my routine has not included daily exercise- I know that this is my own fault but I think that it is common for students in completely new environments with new schedules to factor in exercise last, which I have done as well. I definitely see how the freshmen fifteen can be a problem for many new students, and I hope that I can resist the urge to try everything offered for every meal and to add exercise to my daily routine! I looked up some articles for extra help and found this one: http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20409923,00.html to be helpful if anyone else is struggling with this issue. And to everyone who doesn’t see this to be a problem: you inspire me!

  4. October 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I can see both sides of the argument in this case but ultimately agree with Priyanka that the freshman fifteen is very real for many people. Although it has not been my personal experience, I know of friends and relatives who have put on the pounds simply by eating and drinking more in college than they did at home. One explanation for it that many have told me was the desire to eat out of boredom. Many find that they have more free time in college and the availability of food (often unhealthy food) tempts them into snacking. I also believe that GW may be slightly different than other colleges in the way that our meal plan is run. For those who have a number of swipes with which they have access to an all-you-can-eat buffet, over-eating is common. When you have a specific amount of money to spend on food, like at GW, you often are more conscious about how much you are buying and eating. Also, because of the layout of our campus and DC in general, we do much more walking here than at other colleges. In conclusion I believe that GW students have a better chance at battling the freshman 15, however it still is a harsh reality for many.

  5. October 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Well, I was definitely a heavy eater before I came to GWU and since then i haven’t changed much. However, my situation is slightly different from everyone else’s. I was born and raised in the DC metro area. I also went to high school on foggy bottom at the School Without Walls across the street from the GWU deli on 22nd and G st. As a result, I have been eating GWU food for 3 years (we have off-campus lunch) and walking about the same distance. As a result, I haven’t lost or gained any weight but maintained steadily. Therefore, while I believe the problem exists for some and not for others I would agree that it is different for every person and his/her situation.

    Did anyone else find it interesting that no boys commented on this post???

  6. October 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I actually have not weighed myself since I got to college. But one thing is for sure, when I was home, I could do 70 pushups easily. Now, i’m down to 50. It’s either I got heavier, or my arms got weaker, or both

  7. October 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I believe that the freshman 15 is a reality, but has many exceptions to it. At most schools, meal plans are you pay for a certain amount of meals each week, when here at George Washington, we get a certain amount of money for the entire semester. This helps students at GW avoid the freshman 15 than most freshmen at other schools. With the meals at other schools, each meal is all you can eat. This allows kids to as much as they want without penalty or consequence. So with freshmen being away from home and on our own for the first time, they have a tendancy to over eat because of the quantity that is supplied to them every day, or they eat more unhealthy foods because they can because parents are no longer suppling the meals.
    This is avoided at GW because of our particular meal plan. Because students pay for each meal, students take in account price of the food they buy and only buy what will fill them so they dont use up all their money. Students avoid over eating much easier because of the fact that a price is involved with the food. So, the freshman 15 is definately a reality, but I believe that GW’s meal plan helps many students avoid it.

  8. October 17, 2011 at 12:35 am

    After doing some additional research I found this video that showed the reality of freshman 15 . It states that 2 studies show that freshman do gain weight however, freshman 7 doesn’t roll off the tongues quite as well.

    http://s.wsj.net/media/swf/main.swf

    http://online.wsj.com/video/is-it-true-the-freshman-15/F6C1B190-9B8C-4756-AB81-8C436E739E67.html

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