Ways to Fight the 'Freshman 15'
Food, of course, is just part of the equation. "It
underscores the fact that it doesn't matter where you are -- you have to find
an outlet for physical activity," Zellman says, because 15 pounds can be
tremendously difficult to shed.
Still, all this talk about the freshman 15 troubles one college
counselor, who says students concentrate too much on appearance alone. "I'm
realistic. It's a legitimate concern," says Gary Glass, PhD, of the Boston
University Counseling Center. At the same time, though, he offers some thoughts
on other things freshmen gain by going to college: a sense of independence, a
deeper understanding of friendship, romance, and spirituality.
As he puts it in a list of "A New Freshman 15":
"Gaining a growing recognition of my strength as a human being -- as the
natural course of growth makes me larger in physical size, and larger in life's