Freshman 15 Upward Spiral - College Weight Gain Story

"At the beginning of the summer before my freshman year at college, I was in the best shape of my life. Towards the middle of my senior year in high school, I started working out and eating less and watched the inches melt off my waist, until I was toned and confident by the time graduation rolled around. That's when the troubles started.

After a bad breakup, I went through some problems with drug and alcohol abuse, stopped exercising, then in an attempt to clean up my act, started replacing drugs and alcohol with food. This set the tone for my behavior once I arrived at college.

I had already gained a little bit of weight since the beginning of summer, and this did not help my confidence level. Stressed out, without a solid support system to turn to, and afraid of falling into drug & alcohol abuse again, food became even more of a comfort and a common way to meet new people.

I was accepting invitations to "go get something to eat" literally one after another. I would eat a full meal and then go eat another one 15 minutes later. This became a habit. All I could think about was food. My stomach was constantly stuffed, & I would continue eating even if I felt sick. I couldn't suck in my gut, and I knew the fat was piling on when I began to be able to feel my thighs rubbing together when I walked.

My weight shot up to 149 pounds, horrified that the scale was approaching 150 as I remembered the days when I would worry about approaching 130. I hated how I looked, wore sweats all the time, and began to alienate myself from people.

I have stopped gaining, but have not lost any of the extra weight. Overeating is as much an addiction as anything else, and can have serious repercussions on your health, self-esteem, and social life."

Loyola Marymount University


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