Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Medical Reports: HEALTHCAST: Freshman 15
We've all heard of the "Freshmen 15" -- college students packing on the pounds their first year on their own. In today's Healthcast, Judy Fortin explains what's behind the sudden weight gain.
WSVN -- It happens on campuses all over the country -- college students complaining about the "Freshman 15."
Marisa Moore: "That's the traditional 15 pounds that a lot of first-year college students add on during their first or second semester of college."
The American Dietetic Association says that's extra weight that is often carried into adulthood, putting people at risk for heart disease and diabetes.
The ADA warns students that college is no time to ignore healthy eating habits.
Marisa Moore: "It's a huge change. You're out of mom and dad's house. You no longer have that structure, and there is food everywhere."
Moore says large portions, fattening selections, lack of exercise and added stress can all lead to weight gain.
Marisa Moore: "Make sure you're eating in moderation and also try to plan. Say your first class isn't until noon, you still want to make sure you incorporate three meals a day."
Three meals that include a lot of low-fat fruits and vegetables.
Cutting back on soft drinks and limiting desserts to once a week will also help keep weight under control.