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There’s no such thing as the “Freshman 15”. (The cake is also a lie.)

The Freshman 15 Workout
The Freshman 15 Workout

You know all those stories about college girls gaining weight in their first year of school?  The dreaded “Freshman 15”?

Yeah, it’s a total lie.

That’s right — freshmen do NOT gain 15 extra pounds when they’re away at college due to the awesomeness of the college cafeteria meal plan.

A study by the Ohio State University’s Center for Human Resounce Research has concluded that “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FRESHMAN 15

They found that no more than 10% of all college freshmen will gain 15 pounds or more.  That’s not to say that freshmen don’t put on a little extra weight — it’s just not in the quantities that are generally considered common.

In reality, women gained an average of 2.4 pounds, while men gained an average of 3.4 pounds.

And the study showed that the weight gains were comparable between those that went to college and those that didn’t.  Yup, it’s called “getting older”.

And drinking heavily.  Those that drunk a lot showed almost a pound over those that didn’t.