What’s one thing new college kids try to avoid (besides getting caught drinking underage at a frat party)? The dreaded Freshman 15.
The new found freedom of not having your parents micromanage what you eat and when you eat it often results in disaster for young college students. The Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development reports that only a third of college students meet national recommendations for diet. Their amount of physical activity leaves much to be desired as well, as it decreases from their first semester to their seventh. It’s no wonder college weight gain is seemingly inevitable.
Research from Penn State is showing that college kids eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise more they days they talk to their parents, whether on the phone, or through email or text. On days the students had a half hour or more of communication with their parents they were 14% more likely to eat fruits and veggies. They were also 50% more likely to exercise for at least 30 minutes.
The study didn’t document what students and parents talked about, so they don’t know whether parents were telling kids to eat their veggies or whether it was just a side effect of the communication. Researchers guess it’s a combination of both.
So college kids- the last thing you probably want to do is pick up the phone and call mom, but it might be good for you in the long run. Plus it’s always good to keep mom happy!