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Avoiding the Freshman 15

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Recently, some fancy scientific studies have emerged indicating that the Freshman 15 — a popular conception that the average student gains 15 pounds during her freshman year of college — was nothing more than a myth. When my peer health adviser told me this, I actually laughed in her face.

Clearly, these fancy scientists have never been college students. Because if they had, they would know that gaining the frosh 15 is not only possible — it’s downright likely.

Why does this happen, you may ask? It’s simple: In college, food is everywhere.

Of course it’s available in the dining halls — these establishments do exist for the sole purpose of eating, after all. But it’s also in the Student Union, the library, the gym (can we pause to admire that irony for a second?)… Heck, even the laundry room has vending machines in it! ...


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