Have you ever wondered why college students today experience weight gain during their freshman year? What causes this significant weight gain? Why doesn't our society try to halt this phenomenon? If any of these questions have sparked your interest take a listen to this podcast. There are a variety of possible reasons as to why the freshman 15 exists. First, this weight gain might be due to the transition of leaving home. No longer are your parents preparing meals for you or lecturing you about your eating habits. Also, the set up of college dining halls can be very dangerous. These dining halls are usually open almost 24/7 and have a all-you-can-eat style. Also, the food that is served usually isn't very fresh or healthy. This can cause students to overeat and to be more exposed to unhealthy options. The freshman 15 isn't something we should just brush off and put in the back of our heads. The habits one forms their freshman year of college can stick with them throughout their life. This weight gain can lead to a lifetime of gaining unnecessary weight until one finds themselves overweight and ill. Being overweight doesn't just affect one's appearance. Being overweight is linked to many problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, low energy, low self esteem, and many more. Our society shouldn't take the freshman 15 lightly. If these habits continue throughout one's life, these poor decisions might just lead to a lifetime of being overweight and sick. I hope you enjoy this podcast and mostly importantly, I hope it makes you think about what you are putting in your body. Enjoy!