Healthy Moments Episode

The Freshman 15

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Feb 2, 2009 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers explains that teenagers in their first year of college may be at risk for unexpected weight gain, which may carry health consequences.


First-year college students should be concerned with more than good grades––they should watch out for unhealthy weight gain as well.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Some call it the "Freshman 15," but the research is mixed on how much weight first-year college students gain. It's true, however, that freshmen are at risk for putting on pounds.

This is troubling because overweight teens and young adults are at risk for many health problems, including type 2 diabetes and asthma.

To avoid weight gain, remind students they should make a plan to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, and avoid fried, fast foods. The plan should also include 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week.

And for more tips, visit our website at NIDDK or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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