Students who are in their first year of college have to deal with stress that they likely have never experienced before – from homesickness to anxiety over challenging studies. This stress can lead to weight gain in many first-year students, which is often called the “Freshman 15.” Anyone who has ever experienced this condition knows it’s more than just an old-timey expression. It’s real.
According to Teens Health, “College offers many temptations. You’re on your own and free to eat what you want, when you want it. You can pile on the portions in the dining hall, eat dinners of french fries and ice cream and indulge in sugary and salty snacks to fuel late-night study sessions. In addition, you may not get as much exercise as you did in high school.
“College is also a time of change, and the stress of acclimating to school can trigger overeating. People sometimes eat in response to anxiety, homesickness, sadness or stress, and all of these can be part of adapting to being away at school.”