Fifteen Pounds of Freedom

In another example of some ground-breaking information coming out of Harvard, it turns out that going to college will totally make you a fatty. That’s, apparently, kind of a good thing.

As Irene Chen writes in The Crimson:

Similar to the Boston winter, the “freshman fifteen”—so named for the number of pounds a freshman usually gains during their first year of college—strikes when least expected, despite multiple warnings from friends. Although a night of stress-eating Oreos might cause a higher-than-expected scale reading, this weight gain should not alarm anyone. The freshman fifteen should be embraced and controlled, not feared. Rather than indicating a truly dangerous weight gain, it represents a sign of emerging responsibility in fledgling adults.

Because the freshman fifteen results from your own eating and exercise decisions it’s like it finally indicates that you’re in control.

Great. Frankly, if the only significant form of control you have over your own life has to do with whether or not you get seconds on the macaroni and cheese, it’s maybe time to revaluate some things.

Luckily, there’s probably someone on campus who can help with that too.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer