The 'freshman 15': Trends and predictors in a sample of multiethnic men and women

Meghan M. Gillen, Eva S. Lefkowitz

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This study focused on predictors of the 'freshman 15' phenomenon among university students. Participants (N=390) included men and women who identified as African American (32%), Latino American (27%), and European American (41%). Students gained on average 3.2. lbs and 0.5 in BMI from their first through third semesters. Changes in weight and BMI did not differ by gender or racial/ethnic group. Students with lower Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores were more likely to experience the 'freshman 15'. Results suggest that universities should work with students who may be underprepared for college in order to minimize weight gain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-266
Number of pages6
JournalEating Behaviors
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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