Ohio State Study Says Freshman 15 Bogus


Consider this myth popped.
  • Consider this myth popped.

We're not sure if this news is going to comfort or confound some fragile teenage psyches, but here we go: There's no such things as the Freshman 15, that fabled weight gain we've all been told comes from dining hall ice cream dinners, post-bong session munchies, sleeping till noon, late night pizza delivery on the new credit card, binge drinking the stressful first year of college.

That's the conclusion coming from a study conducted at the Ohio State University, and if anyone knows about gaining weight in college, it's probably a massive state school in Columbus.

The study was co-led by Jay Zagorsky, a scientist at the school's Center for Human Resource Research. According to Reuters, the team found that on average, female freshman only gain 2.4 pounds, males only 3.4 pounds. Only 10 percent of freshman actually jumped the scale 15 pounds or more. 25 percent of freshman reported weight loss in that first year.

The trend doesn't seem to have much to do with college. The study found that kids in the same age range who didn't go to college gained packed on almost the identical amount of lbs, about a half pound more.

Weight gain does seem to be associated with aging, which makes sense, just look at the gut on that old guy over there, anywhere. During the college years, women students gained an average of seven to nine points, and guys grew 12 to 13.

So now that we have this scientific data, it's okay, go eat again, there's no reason to be afraid.


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