College Students Endangered By ‘Drunkorexia’ Should Blame Seventeen Magazine!!!

College Students Are Endangering Themselves With “Drunkorexia” To Fight Fictional Freshman 15

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Drunkorexia is, loosely, defined as the act of drinking alcohol on an empty stomach. The purpose of drunkorexia is to become drunk more quickly...it’s right there in the name. According to a local ABC network, a report produced at the University of Florida, claims that highly active college students are more likely to binge drink than those who exercise infrequently, and some drink without eating to avoid gaining weight. In fact, the claim is made that up to 40% of college students have at least attempted drunkorexia.

The most common reasoning behind this “new” fad? College students are attempting to avoid the “Freshman 15”, a mythical weight gain associated the first year of college. Would it surprise you, if I told you that the term”Freshman 15″ didn’t exist until 1989? (Check out the Magazine cover below) That’s right Seventeen Magazine introduced the term on the August cover that year! So what’s the real reason that students gain weight in college? A significant part of the Freshman 15 is just normal human growth. Most 17- or 18-year-olds aren’t at their full adult size, yet. Some of their weight gain might be the result of late-night bingeeating, mixed drinks, beers, and generally being lazy. However, these things alone are not the lone culprit.Personally, I don’t think that drunkorexia, as it is now called, is anything new. Many college students attempt to drink without eating first at some point, in most cases, they learn their lesson the next morning. They wake up feeling terrible, swear off drinking in general, and then go out the weekend after.

Facts About The Freshman 15 Myth

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Seventeen Magazine introduced the term to America on its August 1989 cover!

In “The Freshman 15: A Critical Time for Obesity Intervention or Media Myth?“, a research paper by Jay L. Zagorsky and Patricia K. Smith, a study conducted at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2011 proves that the Freshman 15 is a myth!

The study that included data from 7,418 young people over the course of their college years found that women and men, on average, gained about 3 pounds during freshman year.

Less than 10 percent of the freshmen gained 15 pounds (or more).

25% of the students actually lost weight in their first year.

On average, students slowly gained weight while at college.

Women, usually gained between 7 and 9 pounds from the first day of college to graduation.

Men, usually gained between 12 and 13 pounds from the first day of college to graduation.

Students who drank “heavily” (six or more drinks at least four days each month) were about a pound heftier than their friends.

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Negative Effects of “Drunkorexia”

Can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Can cause people to lose control of their bodies and

Can lead to breathing problems

Irritation and Inflammation, damaging the stomach lining which leads to bleeding inside the stomach.

Not eating before you drink means that drinkers end up drunk faster.

See the ABCNEWS Report!