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201 Health - - College Years - WRIT­TEN BY JOYCE VENEZIA SUSS

One of the tough­est lessons learned in col­lege is the “fresh­man 15” – the prover­bial 15 pounds col­lege fresh­men gain dur­ing their first year. In re­al­ity, many stu­dents do gain some ex­tra pounds, but usu­ally not as many as 15. An­drea An­fuso-Sisto, a reg­is­tered di­eti­tian at The Val­ley Hos­pi­tal in Ridgewood, cited re­cent stud­ies that show most col­lege fresh­men gain an av­er­age of 2.5 to 3.5 pounds.

The real dan­ger, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, may be bad habits formed dur­ing col­lege that could lead to weight prob­lems in the fu­ture. In ad­di­tion, fresh­men who start col­lege with a body mass in­dex in the over­weight or obese cat­e­gory “are more prone to weight gain in their fresh­man year and sub­se­quent col­lege years,” An­fuso-Sisto says. “Un­for­tu­nately, this can re­sult in a life­long strug­gle with weight and have se­ri­ous health im­pli­ca­tions.”

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