According to a new study, you don't need to go to college to gain what is often called the "freshman 15".
Instead, researchers at Ohio State University’s Center for Human Resource Research believe this weight gain is typical of ALL young adults, regardless of whether they are amassing student loan debt.
The study has also found that weight gain during the 13th grade is usually only between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds.
After analyzing data from over 7,000 students surveyed in 1997 before college, then again a year later, it was determined women gained an average of 2.4 pounds freshman year, while men gained 3.4. No more than 10% of college freshman gained the mythological 15 pounds
The paper's co-author, Jay Zagorsky, explained:
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