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Avoiding The Freshman 15

Avoiding The Freshman 15

Is the “Freshman 15” a real epidemic? When people think of freshman 15, they instantly assume that once students gone to college their first year, they will gain 15 or more pounds. It is a common belief that students entering college have gained weight because of heavy snacking, increased stress, and lack of physical activity. Homesickness can contribute to overeating. Students in dormitories are more susceptible in this phenomena than students who stay at their homes at monitored environments. Snacking and studying can contribute to unused energy, leading to increased fat and weight. In reality, students gain at most three to six pounds during their first year according to studies *(check facts). However, according to health specialist and educators, freshman 15 is a myth, and weight gaining occurs throughout their college career. Freshman 15 is preventable by managing time and balancing activities.

To avoid drastic weight gain, students can maintain a schedule and need to have a balanced diet with some form of stress relief and exercise. For example in one day, students go to classes, study, take yoga, eat a balanced meal (with meat, vegetables, grain, and fruits), and have a 7- 8 hour sleep or any variation. If students continue to include balanced meals, stress relievers, and exercise, those habits will carry on to life after college and will have a healthy lifestyle. If students need assistance or counseling in having trouble with stress and weight gain, they can speak with health specialists, nutritionists, and counselors. Self management is the crucial part of controlling and balancing a healthy lifestyle.

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About Jessica Lau

Hi, my name is Jessica Lau! I graduated from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with honors. During my time at CSUF, I was a reporter and editor at Titan Communications and studied abroad in Italy to produce and edit a feature-length newscast, World Press Italy. Also, I was a freelancer for the campus newspaper, The Daily Titan, where I wrote and produced editorials about campus events.

After graduation, I interned for the County of Orange, where I worked as a cinematographer and editor for their local commercials and promotional videos about hazardous waste disposals. I am excited to work for High Faluter to shed light on today’s pressing issues that young people care about! I am currently working on blogging topics of interest, including gender and environmental issues. In my spare time, I love to dance, sing, and write creatively.


  • Silvia Portugal

    You are very resourceful and I am certain with your current credentials, you will excel in every endeavor you challenge yourself with. The article was very well written, insightful, and had a positive undertone. I hope it will be very well received by freshman entering college.
    Best of luck on this new chapter in your life. Excited for you❤

    • Thank you so much for the sweet and encouraging words! <3 I'm very glad you took the time and enjoyed reading the article. It definitely means a lot coming from you. 🙂