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Inside Your Health: Freshman 15

Updated: December 29, 2019 10:52 PM

The "freshman 15," the phenomenon where college students gain 15 pounds in their first year at school, might not be the most accurate label, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

The study took a hard look at the freshman 15 and determined it's more of an exaggeration than a reality. It also found that some common explanations — buffet-style dining halls, first-time food independence and access to alcohol — might not be the only reasons behind weight gains in new college students.

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KSTP Medical Expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou breaks down the myth of the freshman 15 and explains some of the psychological factors that could lead students to gain weight.

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