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Friday, October 19, 2012

Higher Education And Weight Gain Go Hand In Hand

The "freshman 15" is a proven reality, according to a new study published by the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

Researchers concentrated on the impact of a full four years of higher education on BMI, weight, and body composition. The study targets the nature of the weight gain, as well as the differences between male and females by following students throughout their undergraduate years. Previous research has examined weight gain during the freshman year of college, but the new report is a direct view into body composition, body mass index, body shape, and weight over the entire college period.

During the study 131 college students were followed from the beginning of their first year to the end of their fourth year. Findings showed that about 70 percent of students gained weight, averaging about 11.68 lbs (5.3 kg). Males gained significantly more weight, BMI, and body fat than females. Participants considered to be obese also increased from 18 percent to 31 percent.
First, it is not higher education - it is more time in school.

There is no guarantee that these kids are getting more educated.

Second, trying to get educated, e.g., by reading stuff, is an activity like watching TV.

You generally sit and do it.

So if you are a believer in the not-enough-physical-activity-as-cause-of-fatosity, condemn the other sedentary activities like reading, studying, listening to a lecture, etc.

Or shut your darn pie-hole.

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