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It is back to school season and when I asked you all recently if you gained the freshman 15, many of you responded that you had indeed gained some weight; the amounts varied though. According to a new study, about one in four freshmen gain at least five percent of their body weight during their first semester at college. This averages out to be about 10 pounds — a little over two pounds per month. The freshman weight seems to strike both men and women equally for in this study, performed at a midsized Midwestern university, there was no significant difference in the amount of weight gained between women and men. What's to blame: the study points the finger at all you can eat dining halls on most college campuses.

If you or one of your loved ones are headed off to college, it is important to remember to stay active during the transition from high school to college. Endless servings of mashed potatoes and soft serve ice cream are not the best way to deal with the new stress of life on campus.

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