Weight gain in first year more pronounced in men than women: Study

July 5, 2019

A study by researchers from York University and Brock University has found that male undergraduates tend to gain twice as much weight as females—eight pounds for males compare to four for females—in their first-year. The survey of self-reported eating habits from 229 females and 72 males also found that diet quality fell while alcohol consumption rose, CBC reports. However, the study’s methodological limitations have drawn criticism. Sean Wharton, an internal medicine specialist in Toronto, said the sample size was too small to draw any meaningful conclusions. "The other big limitation is they just asked the students: What did you eat? They didn't actually track them,” He explained. “The gender difference could be a sampling error.” CBC ()