The Freshman 15: Is it real?

Photo courtesy of Alisha Sweatt | Many incoming freshman come into their first year of college worried that the infamous Freshman 15 will sneak up on them, especially if they are constantly checking their weight.Photo courtesy of Alisha Sweatt | Many incoming freshman come into their first year of college worried that the infamous Freshman 15 will sneak up on them, especially if they are constantly checking their weight.

Yes, the freshman 15 is a real thing, but it does not have to be you!

The freshman 15 is known as the weight that is put on during a student’s first year of college. The lifestyle change that first year students go through is crucial and many students suffer in many different areas.

Winthrop University has many places where students can use their meal plans and café cash, including Thomson Café, Subway, Starbucks, Einstein’s, and so many more. Students simply swipe their University ID, and it is all theirs.  

The concept of limited meal swipes and café cash may encourage some students to properly plan out their meals to ensure that they will have enough for the remainder of the semester, but many students run out of café cash within the first two months of school.

However, having countless options for students to choose does constitute a healthy lifestyle. Students may not understand the impact of unhealthy eating on their minds and bodies. Some students’ grades may drop because of their lack of energy. Eating healthier foods can help to change that.

Ke’Asia Lance, a senior here at Winthrop, wrote 10 tips to a great plate for her organization, Alpha Kappa Psi. Lance said that her greatest tip is to eat certain foods more often. “I think that a lot of people stop eating all together and then go binge eating, which is terrible. It is important for students to eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free dairy products,” Lance stated.

She also had more tips such as filling half of a plate with vegetables, cutting out added sugar and salt, and choosing water over sugary drinks.  

Students should consider all of their options before choosing their meals on campus. Gaining the freshman 15 weight is easy, but so is avoiding it.

Photo courtesy of Alisha Sweatt | Many incoming freshman come into their first year of college worried that the infamous Freshman 15 will sneak up on them, especially if they are constantly checking their weight.

Photo courtesy of Alisha Sweatt | Many incoming freshman come into their first year of college worried that the infamous Freshman 15 will sneak up on them, especially if they are constantly checking their weight.

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