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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 On average a college student only gets about 5-6 hours of sleep a night on weeknights. This affects the student's eating habits and causes them to look for energy dependent drinks such as coffee, which ishigh in sugar. Lack of sleep causes students to lose concentration and this affects their GPA. The "Freshman 15" 3 Key Factors to Weight Gain Activity Level Sleep Diet In fact most freshman only gain 5-10 pounds their freshman year, and the weight gain also continues into the sophomore year. Most freshman gain weight due to the unlimited, high calorie food in the cafeteria. They significantly increase their sodium, carbohydrate, protein intake because of this. Only about 40% of college students participate in regular physical activity. 30% of students report not participating in any type of physical activity at all. Ways to avoid weight gain Keep track ofcalorie intake Try to participate in physical activityfor at least 2 hours per week Try to get at least 8 hours of sleepa night during the week Avoid snacking, especially high calorie snacks Make healthy choices in the cafeteria and when pickingout snacks Drink lots of water and avoid high caloriebeverages, such as alcohol and sodas Carithers-Thomas, J. A., Bradford, S. H., Keshock, C. M., & Pugh, S. F. (2010). FRESHMAN FIFTEEN: FACTOR FICTION?. College Student Journal, 44(2), 419-423. Lloyd-Richardson, E. E., Bailey, S., Fava, J. L., & Wing, R. (2009). A Prospective Study of Weight Gain During the College Freshman and Sophomore Years. Preventive Medicine, 48(3), 256261. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.12.009 Mcclain, A. D., Hekler, E. B., & Gardner, C. D. (2013). Incorporating Prototyping and Iteration Into Intervention Development: A Case Study of a Dining HallBased Intervention. Journal Of American College Health, 61(2), 122-131. doi:10.1080/07448481.2012.755189 (photo)
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