SPOKANE, Wash --- In the first year of college, freshman should be aware of the weight they might gain, the infamous freshman 15.
Gonzaga University starts next week and KREM 2 spoke to upper classmen who confirm the freedom may be sweet, but it comes with consequences.
“When you are eating that food at the COG (Center of Gonzaga, eating hall), yeah it’s going to happen,” said student, Matt Saunders.
“You have a lot of access to free food, as much as you want and it’s something I wasn’t used to before,” said student, Russel Jang.
That is one of the reasons Nutritionist Korrin Northwood said can get hungry freshman in trouble.
“I think it depends on what student eating habits were before they entered college, and the freedom that they had. For some it could only be 15, for others it could be 5 or even 35,” said Northwood.
The freshman 15 can sneak up on people too.
“I definitely thought it was more like a joke that, oh you know freshman 15, you can get a little laugh on a tour. Two or three years, no weight gained and then all of a sudden I hopped on a scale second semester freshman year and I think it was about five or ten pounds. It’s very real, maybe not the exact 15 for me but every pound adds on,” said Gonzaga junior, Will Hackle.
The freshman 15 is not set in stone, some people experience the exact opposite.
“Some folks are struggling with knowing what to eat and sticking with a clean diet and they might have actually lost weight so it can go both ways,” said Northwood.
KREM 2 asked what you could say to a student that is going to experience the freshman 15 at GU.
“Let it happen, deal with it later and just have fun,” said Saunders.
Make sure to check nutritional facts for the food you are eating if you want to be sure it is healthy for you.
“It’s more of a buffet style in the dining hall, which provides a lot of wonderful whole foods including fruits and vegetables, even if they are hidden around the corner. Make sure to seek those out in order to maintain a healthy diet and body weight,” said Norwood.
Studies have shown that the average freshman gains around two to four pounds their freshman year, but the freshman 15 is still on the minds of incoming freshman.