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This is How Much Weight College Students Gain Over 4 Years

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In a new study, UVM researchers update the widely debunked truism that students gain 15 pounds – the “freshman 15” – during their first year of college. Students gain an average of about 10 pounds over all four years, the researchers found. Twenty-three percent of the students in the study were overweight or obese as they were starting college. By the end of senior year, 41 percent were in that category, a 78 percent increase. Read the Time story.