Good news! A recent study just came out to say that the “Freshman 15” is more like 5 to 7! Of course, it’s followed by the “Sophomore 2 or 3” but even that is 7 to 10 at best!
Amazingly, doctor’s aren’t satisfied with the results and see things to be afraid of. They’ve even started naming the next generation “Generation XL!”
What I find interesting is this statement that is located near the end of the article:
No one knows why, but the researchers are continuing their study to try to find out. Possible explanations include more drinking (alcohol contains calories), more socializing that involves eating, high-fat foods in dorm cafeterias and less physical activity, the researchers said. (emphasis mine)
Why are kids gaining more weight when they get to college? I’m pretty sure that, for one thing, their whole pattern of life is changing. Their parents aren’t there to enforce bed times, meal portions, etc. They are under stress to get things done. I’m sure there’s a lot of potential reasons, but I believe that they all must center around self discipline.
Find me a young man or woman that has good self discipline and I think that you’ll find a person that is able to control their weight. Why? Because they will have their life scheduled in a way to minimize stress. They will be able to say “enough” when others are not.
And, according to Thomas Wadden, president of the Obesity Society and director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine:
“I suspect part of this is they now have access to large amounts of food they can eat freely,” without anyone at home saying enough is enough.
So, parents, teaching your children discipline when they’re young will (I know, big surprise) help them to live long and productive lives and control their weight!