Fighting the Freshman Fifteen - A College Woman's guide to Getting Real About Food and Keeping the Pounds Off

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New York Times

By Debra Nussbaum - August 11, 2002

When freshman girls head to college they often gain more than knowledge and credits. Many find that their first year brings on 15 pounds. The phenomenon is so common that many colleges even have tips for avoiding the "freshman 15" on their Web sites.

Now Robyn Flipse, a nutritionist and dietician from Bradley Beach, has come out with a book that explains the freshman 15 and tells students how to avoid picking up extra pounds on campus. Ms. Flipse, who has a private practice in Ocean, wrote the book with contributions from Marisa and Marchelle Bradanini, two California college-age sisters who give recipes for meals that can be made in a dormitory room.

"Fighting the Freshman Fifteen," published by Three Rivers Press in New York ($9.95) explains that college life with late-night pizzas, partying and drinking and all-you-can-eat buffets in the dorm makes it easy to put on weight. And there is no mother or father around to insist that the kitchen is closed.

"Boundaries get taken away," Ms. Flipse said. "It's eating and drinking and a lack of physical activity. You many not only not have someone to say, 'No, don't eat that,' but instead you have someone urging you to go to Ben & Jerry's with them. And there are no boundaries on the hours you can eat."

Ms. Flipse urges freshmen to build exercise into their schedules, plan their meals, avoid eating to drown whatever sorrows come along and remember that liquids have calories, too.

"There are all kinds of caloric beverages like these hot coffee drinks with syrups," she said. "It's easy to put on 10 pounds."

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