Dorm With Cafeteria May Boost College Weight Gain

Jim Liebelt | Senior Editor of Publications for HomeWord | Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Dorm With Cafeteria May Boost College Weight Gain

College students who live in dormitories with dining halls gain more weight than students who have to walk farther for their meals, a new study has found.

The study included 388 freshmen in seven dorms, including four that had on-site dining halls that served three meals daily. All the students had access to two campus gyms with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

During the school year, females in dorms with on-site dining halls weighed almost 2 pounds more and exercised 1.43 fewer times per week than those in dorms without dining halls. Males in dorms with on-site dining halls ate about 1.5 more meals and almost three more snacks per week than those in dorms without dining halls, according to the report released online Aug. 3 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Source: Businessweek
http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/641528.html

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