According to a recent study at Brown University Medical Center reveals that it’s not just the froshies getting fatter–it’s everyone.
The “Freshman 15” is more like 5 to 7, but it is followed by the “Sophomore 2 or 3,” say researchers who led two of the largest and longest studies ever done of weight gain among college students.
The research also showed that men piled on significantly more pounds than women.
“Over the year, we found that males gained 5.6 pounds and females gained 3.6 pounds, with the large majority of that weight gained in the first semester,” said Elizabeth Lloyd-Richardson, the Brown researcher who led both studies.
Things got worse the next year. Men were, on average, 9.5 pounds heavier, and women, 9.2 pounds heavier, than when they started college.