Health Works: Avoiding the dreaded 'freshman 15' at college

Health Works: Avoiding the dreaded 'freshman 15' at college

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(WJBK) - It's legendary, the "freshman 15."

While weight gain can happen the first year of college, it's probably not 15 pounds.

An Ohio State University study found that first-year of college men and women gain an average of about three pounds.

Whether weight gain is a real concern or not, habits are formed and college presents some challenges.

"Now these freshmen have a meal plan that's paid for," said Laura Jeffers of the Cleveland Clinic. "They have breakfast, lunch and dinner and an open buffet."

Weight gain at college is typically caused by a lack of exercise, overeating, late night eating and unhealthy snacks.

Stress the importance of being active and keeping late night eating in check.

For more information on some preventative measures, watch the full report by clicking the video player.
 

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