The freshman 15

College students can struggle with control. The tough decisions about nutrition and exercise can send them on a roller coaster ride with their health.

July 26, 2012
by Sydney Carter
McClatchy in the Chicago Tribune


Ahhhh ... pizza for breakfast.

Having the authority to make such a weighty decision is often embraced by college students, dabbling in their own newfound freedom from the parental raised eyebrow.

But making these choices is not without cost. Schedules are jammed and in-flux; exercise, homework and friends all compete for time. Faced with a sometimes overwhelming number of choices, college students often end up gaining extra pounds. Moreover, at a time when obesity among Americans is a national epidemic, the college generation often is overlooked.

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