Freshman 15

What does Freshman 15 mean?

The extra pounds a student puts on in their first year at college

When we talk about the ‘Freshman 15’, we’re referring to an idea that first-year university students in North America often put on about 15 pounds in weight. This weight gain is usually attributed to factors like less physical activity, drinking more alcohol, eating food with little nutritional value, and stress related to college life.

However, it’s important to mention that the concept of the ‘Freshman 15’ is not as widespread as it’s made out to be. Research has found that the typical weight gain for freshmen is not 15 pounds, but rather somewhere between 2 to 4 pounds.

So, the ‘Freshman 15’ might not be a universal truth, but it does highlight some of the lifestyle changes that come with starting university. It’s a reminder for students to maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and manage stress effectively to stay healthy during their college years.

Example for using ‘Freshman 15’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of the Freshman 15?

Yeah, it’s the weight some college freshmen gain during their first year, right?

Exactly! They say it’s because of lack of exercise, alcohol, and stress.

I heard that too, but did you know it’s not as common as people think?

Really? How common is it then?

Studies show that the average freshman only gains about 2 to 4 pounds, not 15.