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One of the first thing a freshman hears or thinks about when going to college is the legendary “freshman fifteen.” The freshman fifteen is defined as a fifteen pound average weight gain that happens during a student’s first year in college. This problem has affected many freshmen because it causes them to fear that they are going to gain weight when they go off to college, but the undetected truth of this case is that a lot of freshmen lose or gain under fifteen pounds. To solve this ongoing problem, colleges and universities should incorporate more healthy food items on campus, provide student cooking, and create fitness and wellness housing. It is evident that the freshman fifteen is a social problem and health problem. Freshmen hear about it in tons of magazine, blogs, and articles.
Recent data suggest that nearly fifteen percent of U.S. youngsters and almost one-third of adults are obese; and everyday nearly one-third of these U.S. children aged four to nineteen eat fast food. Yale University obesity researcher Kelly Brownell said, “Fast food contributes to increased calorie intake and obesity risk in children” (CBS News). No wonder parents are becoming concerned with the options children have when facing a fast food menu. Parent complaints are not enough of influence to entice the big-ticket fast food joints to make a healthy switch, however, lawsuits is. The nation's obesity epidemic has focused attention on fast-restaurants, and while recent class-action lawsuits attempting to blame McDonald's Corp. for making people fat have failed, many chains have begun offering healthier fare in fear of lawsuits (CBS News).
“Approximately 1 in 4 college students report academic problems from drinking, including missing classes, falling behind in classes, and doing poorly on exams and papers, receiving lower grades overall” (Alzheimer Fact Sheet). Of course failing does not necessarily define you, but going to college is not free and trying to get your grades up in a short period of time is not an easy task. “A national survey showed that college students, binge drinkers who consume alcohol at least 3 times per week were roughly 6 times more likely than those who do not binge drink to perform poorly on a test or project due as a result of drinking (40 percent vs. 7 percent)” (Alzheimer Fact Sheet). Studies prove that binge drinking is not beneficial for educational purposes and I do not think this is helping my friend by any
As stated in the beginning study by North Dakota State University, "students who lived off campus had increased health risks having a BMI at the overweight and obesity levels, smoking, consuming alcohol, and consuming less variety of fruits and vegetables, and dairy products." (Brunt & Rhee, 2008) Two other studies, which focus on groups and identified the effect of healthy weight maintenance in college men, "College Students' Barriers and Enablers for Healthful Weight Management A Qualitative Study", to consume fresh and healthy foods. Students who lived off campus reported high prices, food spoilage for preparation to proper fruit and vegetable consumption. Other students include poor accessibility, lack of transportation, and personal preferences. Many students, leaving home, felt unable to prepare healthy foods while living at home.
According to Katie Bogue, Americans will eat fast food about four to five times per week. Lincoln University of Missouri Cooperative Extension said that an average meal at a fast food restaurant contains about 1,200 calories (Berg). With large portion sizes and food with poor nutritional value, fast food restaurants receive the worst criticism for the childhood obesity epidemic. Although fast food is not a choice that is particularly good for a child, it does not hav... ... middle of paper ... ... in maintaining a healthy weight. While common beliefs still dictate the mindset of many Americans today, the most important factor in trying to prevent childhood obesity is how the parent decides to raise their child.
When thee article first came out, many people began to believe that it was true and all college students would end up gaining weight their freshman year, but now we know that this is an urban myth. Not every college student gains exactly fifteen pounds in their first year of college. In fact, not all freshmen will gain any weight at all, but some could gain more than fifteen pounds. Some students could end up gaining weight simply because at college they have access to food at any hour of the day. When freshman start college, they have to start making their own schedule and this could lead to skipping exercise or eating more then they need to.