First time college students, especially those living away from home for the first time in their lives, often encounter the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen” by this point in the semester. Everyone is excited to eat a delicious Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, but not everyone’s pants still fit.
Several factors play into weight gain in college. Students who played a sport in high school don’t play in college, students living on their own are faced with cooking for themselves or eating a fast food diet, and all students, whether still living at home or not, lead more sedentary lives because of the increased time spent studying.
College is a time of adjustment. Students are faced with increased academic expectations in their classes and must also adjust to a different physical and social environment by attending a different school with different classmates. For some, the addition of fifteen or so pounds seems like the end of the world because their weight had never been an issue before. Others choose to ignore it in hopes that it will go away on its own. But some students start paying attention to how much they eat and drink and balance that out with exercise.
The TCTC Library has a selection of books that can help with “The Freshmen Fifteen”: