Freshman 15 Press Releases

Don’t Fail the “Freshman 15” Test

Notorious Weight Gain Does Not Need to Plague College Career

As summer approaches its end, many 17- and 18-year-olds prepare to leave the nest for the first time to begin their journey into adulthood. And for many, that journey begins with college. This next stage involves many new steps, including learning new lessons, accepting new responsibilities, adjusting to new roommates, going to parties, taking exams and, unfortunately for some, gaining weight.

For some incoming college students, gaining the dreaded “Freshman 15” is a mere prerequisite of college life. It’s synonymous with going to classes, studying and hanging out with friends. No longer under Mom and Dad’s safety net – or supervision – many students fall prey to new habits, new workloads and new challenges – including a smorgasbord of dining hall meals – all of which can make it easier to leave college with not just a degree, but also a few extra pounds.

According to Weight Watchers®, the “Freshman 15” need not be an inevitable part of life. By planning meal schedules, setting realistic expectations and anticipating situations that may trigger overeating, the notorious college souvenir can be completely avoided.

“Everything completely changes for students when they get to college, and if unprepared, these new situations can lead to physical and emotional scenarios that ultimately can lead to undesired weight gain,” said Karen Miller-Kovach, M.S., R.D., Chief Scientist at Weight Watchers International, Inc. “The ‘Freshman 15’ does not need to be the defining point of the college career take the necessary strides to determine your personal food profile and adhere to a food regimen that’s best suited to your new lifestyle.”

Weight Watchers offers the following tips to help undergrads pass the test and avoid the “Freshman 15”:



Local Weight Watchers spokespeople are available to discuss these great tips on how to avoid the dreaded “Freshman 15.”

For your convenience, this release is also available electronically.

Weight Watchers is America’s trusted name in weight loss and the global leader in weight-loss services, with approximately 46,000 weekly meetings in 30 countries. With over 40 years of experience, Weight Watchers offers a wide range of solutions to meet the diverse needs of today’s weight-conscious consumers. To learn more about Weight Watchers services, products and publications, visit To find the nearest Weight Watchers meeting location, call 1-800-651-6000 or click on the Find a Meeting link at the top of our homepage.


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