College students experience a significant weight gain that is much greater than an age matched population. The rate of gain is 5.5 times greater than the average population, leading to the popularization of the term "Freshman 15". The etiology of weight gain among college students is multifactorial, and it includes stress, time management, GPA pressures, extracurricular activities, financial obligations, transportation challenges, and often a new living situation. Other factors include bring unhealthy habits from their family of origin to their new university, and they are introduced to an environment that is unfamiliar, and they are expected to be independent and make their own decisions about a variety of lifestyle habits. Understanding the factors that influence food literacy, food choices, and lifestyle habits are integral to understanding which stage of change within the Transtheoretical Model an individual is in is ey to developing strategies for combating weight related health issues. The purpose of presenting a food demonstration to a group of freshman dorm dwelling students was to determine what stage of change in the Transtheoretical Model the average college freshman is in. The study found that exposing this group to the food demonstration pushed the students into either the contemplative stage or preparation stage for adopting healthy behavior changes regarding eating habits.
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- "The Freshman 15", Fact or Fiction: Exploring Food Literacy in College Freshmen
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