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.


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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