What are the statistics of students who gain weight when coming to NAU/entering college?
It is completely understandable that an incoming student might fear the freshman fifteen. However, the average weight gain among college students is only 3.5-7.8 lbs. during their first semester at college. Weight gain in college could be due to a variety of things: muscle buildup, poor eating choices, alcohol, lack of sleep, stress, or even normal growth patterns. Though we haven’t recently surveyed NAU students about their weight change during college, our 2008 study showed no evidence of the freshman 15 at NAU.
There are resources at NAU to help students lead a healthy and happy life during (and after!) college. To maintain a healthy weight in college, make sure to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can. You can stop by the Green Scene for a fiber-rich lunch, and load your smoothie with spinach. Some ideas to help you maintain a healthy weight in college include:
- Going to a fitness class with a friend in the HLC
- Getting 8 hours of sleep each night
- Choosing water over sugar sweetened beverages
- Managing your stress
- Aiming for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day
Go nuts over being healthy!
-The Health Nuts