Freshman 15 Statistics: Market Report & Data

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"Approximately 70% of students gain a significant amount of weight by graduation (12 - 37 pounds on average)."

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"Around 25% of college students gain 5% of their body weight during their first semester, which approximates to be around 10-15 pounds for a 150-200lb student."

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Statistic 3

"On average, freshman college students gain 2.5 to 3.5 pounds during their first year of college, most of this weight gain occurs during the first semester."

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"Approximately 70% of college freshmen gain weight at a faster rate than the general population."

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"Males are more likely to gain weight in their first year of college than females."

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"The percentage of students who are overweight or obese increases from 23% to 41% during their first year of college."

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"Around 17.5% of first year students gained 5-9 pounds of weight while just around 6% lose 5-9 pounds."

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"The average weight gain during the first year of college is 7.5 pounds."

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Statistic 9

"Nine out of 20 students admitted eating more than they used to because of stress caused by college life."

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Statistic 10

"Freshman 15 weight gain was associated with late eating (after 8 pm) 65% of the time."

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"61% of college students experience fluctuating weight during their first year."

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"Daily servings of fruit and vegetables consumed dropped from 2.5 to 1.9 servings a day during the first year of college."

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"Alcohol intake contributes to about 69 calories/day increase in the total energy intake among college freshmen."

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"About 25% of students report that skipping meals is a regular part of their eating habits."

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Statistic 15

"On average, students at public schools gain more weight than students at private schools during their first year of college (approximately 7 pounds compared to approximately 4 pounds)."

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