A new study published by the journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism showed that college kids gain more weight than those who do not opt for a higher education. The students tend to gain an average of 11.68 pounds during their four years of college and set eating habits that go on for the rest of their lives.
College does gain you only more knowledge and probably a higher paycheck, but also a few extra pounds. A study conducted on 131 students has revealed that 70% of them gained weight. Men gained more weight that women and the percent of those considered obese almost doubled (from 18 to 31).
One of the authors of the study, researcher Sareen Gropper from the Auburn University of Alabama, says: “Our findings clearly suggest the need for additional campus-based health promotion strategies for students from the freshman year through their senior year of college.”
The question remaining is why do college kids gain weight?
One answer would be that they tend to eat more processed food, as many of them don’t have the possibility of shopping for their own groceries and cooking their own meals. Back in 2010, scientists at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research have concluded that freshmen who are living in dorms, with onsite dining, have more trouble staying fit than those buying food outside the campus.
One other possible answer would be the students are distracted by their studies or other on campus activities and pay little attention to what they eat. This careless attitude towards their diet is the more dangerous the more it seems to install for the years to come. The researchers have come to the conclusion that unhealthy habits turn rather fast into permanent weight gain patterns.