Not Quite the Freshman 15

New research is showing a link between roommates and weight gain. In a study of freshman college women roommates, those who lived with a slim roommate packed on two-and-a-half pounds during the year, while those who roomed with an obese roommate only added half-a-pound.

The University of Michigan study researchers say the findings seem, “counterintuitive” but the reasons may be due to findings that heavier roommates are more inclined that the average-weight gal to diet, take weight loss supplements and exercise.

According to Kapinos, a labor and health economist, heavier roommates are more likely than average-weight women to diet. They also exercise more often and are more likely to use weight loss supplements and purchase college meal plans that limit access to food.

“It’s not really the weight of your roommate that’s important, but the behaviors your roommate engages in,” Kapinos said. “These behaviors are what may really be ‘contagious.'”

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