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Five years ago when I was in my freshman year of college, I was terrified at the thought of gaining the “freshman 15.” Weight-gain in college seemed inevitable: I was surrounded with greasy dining hall food, well-stocked vending machines and copious amounts of alcohol at every turn of the head.

Miraculously, my weight didn’t skyrocket during my freshman year. Naively, I assumed that it was due to my self-control (refusing dining hall burgers and fries on a daily basis is no small feat). But a recent study provides a counter-argument for my self-praise. According to ScienceDaily.com, the freshman 15 is really more like the freshman 5.

What’s more, freshman weight-gain may not be college-related, but more a result of becoming a young adult. A recent article by NPR highlights the reasons why many people put on the pounds as they get older. Aging causes muscles to break down, which in turn causes calories to be burned at a slower rate. (Just one more thing to look forward to, right?)

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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.

~Nicole Fisher