Smart Eating

Colleges are finding ways to help students avoid packing on the pounds

ASHIL ANN, A SOPHOMORE at the University of California at Santa Barbara, went to college to stretch her mind--she didn't expect it also to expand her waistline. "At home my mom made choices on what I could eat," she explains, "but it was all-you-can-eat at the dining halls." Ashil got to school a year ago as a featherweight size 1. She now fits "snugly" into a size 3, she says. Say hello to the "freshman 15": the unwanted pounds many students pack on during their first year of college. The extra pounds--usually the result of junk-food vending machines, binge drinking, buffet-style...

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