HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
'Freshman Fifteen' is a myth, but weight gain is still a problem

A common, but often undocumented, truism among college students is that they are likely to gain 15 pounds during their freshman year. But now a new study at Rutgers' Cook College has found that the "Freshman Fifteen" phenomenon is exaggerated.

The study focused on a sample of 67 students who had volunteered to be weighed during a health assessment in the university dining halls in the fall, and underwent a second set of measurements in the spring. The average weight gain was seven pounds, the result of eating approximately 112 excess calories per day.

"We found that the first year of college is a period in which weight and fat gain may occur," said Daniel Hoffman, one of the professors from the Rutgers' Cook College Department of Nutritional Sciences on the study team. "But, in the group we studied, the weight gain is less than 15 pounds and is not universal."

However, three-quarters of the students who participated in the study did gain weight.

"This suggests that the freshman year may be an environment where eating more food than the body needs is the predominant state for a significant number of students," said Peggy Policastro, co-author on the paper and a nutritionist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. "This may be associated with a decreased physical activity level, prompted by no longer participating in organized sports, having less leisure time than while in high school, or making less of an effort to stay active. In addition, significant dietary changes are occurring which may include an increased energy intake due to eating at buffet-style dining halls or increased alcohol intake, although we did not measure these factors in our study."

Hoffman added, "The fact that a relatively small change in the calories consumed compared to energy expended could result in a significant gain of fat underscores the importance for eating a balanced diet and engaging in moderate exercise on a regular basis. In theory, if th
'"/>

Contact: Michele Hujber
hujber@aesop.rutgers.edu
732-932-7000 x4204
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
6-Feb-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Losing weight after pregnancy -- diet and exercise better than diet alone
2. Fine particulate matter from traffic may influence birth weight
3. Researchers isolate new risk marker for overweight children
4. Lack of sun does not explain low vitamin D in elderly who are overweight
5. Its safe for obese moms-to-be to lose weight during pregnancy, new SLU research finds
6. Clock gene plays role in weight gain, study finds
7. 100 percent juice not associated with overweight in children
8. How does soy promote weight loss? University of Illinois scientist finds another clue
9. Mutation in HNF4A associated with an increase in birthweight and macrosomia
10. Male owls pitch their hoots to advertise body weight to competitors
11. Too much weight spells double trouble for couples trying to conceive

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Freshman Fifteen myth but weight gain still problem

(Date:10/15/2014)... , Oct. 15, 2014 Sandata Technologies, ... home and community-based care, today announced it released ... Sandata,s Santrax® Electronic Visit Verification™ Solution (EVV™)  for ... a home health company founded in 1996 and ... . The study details the ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... pneumonia in female mice to an enzyme activated by ... more resistant to respiratory infections than males. Now, an ... to bacterial pneumonia in female mice is linked to ... show that this enzyme is ultimately activated by the ... team, lead by Professor Lester Kobzik at the Harvard ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... in Cancer Research shows SIRT6—a protein known ... promote the development of skin cancers by turning on ... sun-damaged skin cells. , Previously considered protective, SIRT6 is ... that help regulate genomic stability and prevent some of ... DNA damage, which can lead to cancer. This study, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Sandata Announces Case Study with Quality Care Services, Inc. 2Two-faced gene: SIRT6 prevents some cancers but promotes sun-induced skin cancer 2
(Date:10/22/2014)...   Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SYN), ... infections and diseases, announced today that the U.S. Patent ... for a composition of matter patent application that covers ... SYN-004. This is Synthetic Biologics, first allowed patent application ... to the Company,s extensive C. difficile patent ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Research and Markets  has announced the addition of ... Geography - Global Analysis and Forecast (2014 - 2020)" ... electronics, also called as polymer electronics or plastic electronics, ... small conductive molecules and electrically conductive polymers. It is ... carbon based, made using synthetic strategies developed in the ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... Mapp Biopharmaceutical,s valiant effort to produce ... fight the Ebola outbreak will make the public ... of pharmaceuticals can be, according to Kalorama Information.  ... some may be taken aback by the three-month ... knowledge are well aware of the complex issues ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - BIOREM Inc. (TSXV: BRM) ("Biorem" or "the ... Q3 orders to $5.8 million and provides a good start to ... North America and one in the ... projects at record levels," said Peter Bruijns , President & ... end of Q3 than they have been for any complete year ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Synthetic Biologics Announces Allowance of Key U.S. Composition of Matter Patent for C. difficile Program 2Synthetic Biologics Announces Allowance of Key U.S. Composition of Matter Patent for C. difficile Program 3Synthetic Biologics Announces Allowance of Key U.S. Composition of Matter Patent for C. difficile Program 4Global Organic Electronics (Semiconductor, Conductive, Dielectric and Substrate) Market - Analysis and Forecast (2014 - 2020) 2Global Organic Electronics (Semiconductor, Conductive, Dielectric and Substrate) Market - Analysis and Forecast (2014 - 2020) 3Kalorama: ZMapp Highlights Need For Faster Biopharmaceutical Production 2Kalorama: ZMapp Highlights Need For Faster Biopharmaceutical Production 3
Cached News: