Hey freshman girls, have you noticed a little extra flab since your meal plan kicked in? Are you worried that the dreaded Freshman 15 will show up from all those irresistible french fries? A new study suggests that those fries are not the only reason for your extra cushion. Your roommates or friends could be a factor as well.
Regardless of weight, your roommate’s eating habits influence your daily routine. Basically, if she is sitting on her ass eating Easy Mac instead of munching on a salad, there is a likelihood you will too.
Perhaps surprising, the study says that being around heavier people might be healthier for you, because college students with extra belly bulge are more likely to be on a diet or plan to exercise. However, other studies show that being around obese people increases your chances of gaining weight.
Moral: Be unabashedly judgmental of your friends’ bodies.