Hello College Life! Hello Freedom! Finally you can sleep when you want, as long as you want, study when you want to, as long as you want, hang out with whoever you want to, stay out as long as you want to and eat whenever and whatever you want to. This frequently translates to skipping breakfast, chicken strips and fries for lunch and pizza for dinner. Without mom pushing veggies, salads and fruit, fresh foods are harder to get and not as satisfying as a burger and milkshake. And you guessed it: eating this way often leads to the dreaded college weight gain.
Studies are mixed about how much weight the average college student gains, and certainly, some college freshman are still developing and growing into their adult bodies. However one thing is sure, this is the time to establish good eating habits that will hopefully last a lifetime.
Here are some tips for dorm life and managing food:
Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD specializes in the nutritional rehabilitation of eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults.