"Freshman 15" Not A Myth Says Study

To eat healthy or not! That is the choice of every college freshman at Tyler Junior College, now that their parents aren't preparing meals.

"There is a lot food available," says Carmen Roy.

"You can always go back and get some more," says Arika Pravitasari, TJC sophomore.

"You hear about the freshman 15 and how the first year of college, girls usually gain 15 pounds," says Victoria Idio.

But, then the dreaded 15 happened to Victoria Idio, now a TJC sophomore.

"I think I did. I think clothes got a bit tighter," says Victoria.

A study out of Cornell blames two main culprits for the freshman 15. Victoria's problem was round the clock snacking on junk food that's popular with many college students. The other culprit is all you can eat dining.

"I kind of had a little bit of experience with that because I didn't come from the USA and I gained about 10 pounds last year," says Arika.

Arika Pravitasari says she didn't watch portion control during her first year of college. Trinity Mother Frances Dietician, Mandy Jefferson says eating smaller, balanced meals is key in avoiding the freshman 15.

"Try to stay away from the unhealthy food such as the fried food, dishes with mayonnaise, salad dressing things like that," says Mandy Jefferson. "stay away from sweets. You don't need to have a dessert at every meal whether it is there or not."

If freshman don't, they could gain up to one-half pound a week, Cornell researchers say that's 11 times more than 17 and 18 year olds should normally gain. As for Victoria Idio she's a changed college student now that's she's a sophomore.

"I try to eat healthy now," says Victoria.

Dana Dixon reporting