Before I came to Penn State, everyone would always tell me “make sure you avoid that Freshman 15” and even my mother would remind me each time I talked to her she would always remind me too watch my intake. According to this article, Seventeen Magazine were the ones who created this myth on their cover of the August edition in 1989. Ever since that everyone has made it a bigger deal than it should be and tried to avoid the weight gain.
Personally, I love nothing more than snacking. Since I snack so much, you’d think I would gain weight but no I haven’t. Here’s the trick friends, you have to burn those calories off. Our campus is 8,556 acres and wow thats a lot of acres to walk so that Freshman 15 can one hundred percent be avoided. On this website, the author stated that many freshmen will only gain 2.5 to 6 pounds.
In 2006 there was a study that 137 females who were freshmen at the University of Oklahoma were weighed at the beginning of the fall semester and the end of the spring semester. In this study the average weight gain was only two pounds.