Freshmen 15: Who’s really at Fault?

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College students on Florida A&M University campus are blaming the food they are served on campus for their weight gain.

Students around the world have been the victim of “Freshmen 15,” maybe it is  because their always on the go, doing homework, going to the library, school events or just busy. Most college students don’t think to ask themselves “is this healthy?”

The food places on FAMU’s campus such as Chick-fil-A, Wing Stop, Rattler’s Grill, or the top café all serve unhealthy food.

Shay Simon, a second-year pre-med student from Miami, Fla., expressed that  “all the food on campus is unhealthy, and the only places that are truly healthy is the salad bar in the top café and Tropical smoothie."

Simon added that “freshmen 15” are both the students and schools fault.

My personally beliefs is that it is the school’s fault for the weight gain of students, because college students sometimes have no choice of what they can eat.

Most students cannot afford to eat out, and eating healthy cost way more than eating fast food. Also, restaurants such as like chick-fil-a are open until midnight when restaurants like wingstop close at 10 p.m.

Bria Smith, a first-year pre-pharmacy from West Palm Beach, Fla., feels it not the school’s fault  that students are gaining weight.

“The rec center is open seven days a week and you choose what you want to eat. You choose to eat at these fast food restaurants on campus,” Smith said. “Instead of getting a chicken sandwich get a salad, or instead of getting boneless wings from WingStop get regular chicken wings that aren’t fattening. Don’t blame it on the school for your health problems.”

According to FAMU’s General Manager of the dining services, Alan Bergman, stated they only serve the food that their told to serve, and students complain about not having good food places on campus and then when they those places they want to blame us for their weight gain.

Haleem Brown, a third-year physical therapy student from Orlando Fla., said that not everyone has time to go to the rec to work out or to stay healthy.

“Most of the time people don’t even know that their eating bad,” Brown stated. “No college students actually asks themselves is this food healthy or not.”

Jasmine Swanson, a second-year pre-nursing student from Lakeland, Fla., agreed Brown’s statement.

“We need more healthy food to eat on campus, but us as students do need to be held reasonable for the food we eat. When were in the upstairs café we tend to eat more just because it’s a buffet instead of asking ourselves “are we full?”

Swanson added that we have healthy food on campus. We just choose not to eat it and pig out whenever we can.