Law School Causes Weight Gain

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I’ve gained 5-10 pounds since starting law school. And probably another 5 pounds of muscle has been replaced by fat. As a third-year law student, I am in the worst shape of my life. And I am not consoled by the fact that the finger I use to click a computer mouse is stronger than ever.

According to other law students who have blogs and those I see at school, I am not alone. It’s probably because I spend the entire day sitting and reading. Are you also suffering from law school weight gain disorder (yes, I made up this term)?

Why is it so hard to exercise? My excuses can be summarized by these:

  1. In the morning, I don’t have time before class.
  2. In the evening, I don’t have time, don’t have energy, and have to study.
  3. On the weekend, I need to catch up homework, non-school projects, and socializing.

Failing to exercise has three short-term problems:

  1. Decreased ability to deal with stress
  2. Increased desire to snack
  3. Weight gain

What can be done about this? My plan is to exercise at least 15 minutes a day. Of course, I could go longer, but starting is half the battle. If I get myself to begin, I will probably keep going.

Are you in the same position as me? If so, these reminders may help:

  • Exercise will relieve stress of law school.
  • Exercise will increase productivity by increasing our energy.
  • We will look better and our clothes will fit.
  • We will be less likely to get sick because exercise strengthens the immune system.
  • We will live longer and feel better. Exercise is an investment in long-term health.
  • We would probably waste 15 minutes on something less productive anyway, so we can afford to replace that time.

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4 Responses to “Law School Causes Weight Gain”

  1. CALI's Pre Law Blog Says:

    I’m totally with you on this. Law school is a lot of sitting.

    Students probably don’t consider the deteriorating health/expanding waistline aspects of law school when deciding whether or not to go.

  2. The Frugal Law Student Says:

    I’ve actually lost weight since I’ve started law school. I’ve dropped probably 7 lbs since the beginning of the year. I don’t eat to relieve stress. In fact I forget to eat because I’m so busy, which is probably just as bad as not eating. Last semester my wife got on to me because I was looking emaciated. So, I’ve been better about remembering to eat.

    Exercise is great, too. I do it firs thing in the morning.

  3. Lise Says:

    Of course, isn’t there some statistic that attractive people make X% more money. So for all of the people who are in law school for the money, keep that in mind. You must do well in torts and spinning class. *laugh* good post.

  4. Rachel Says:

    Ugh, I’ve gained TWENTY lbs since starting law school one year ago. I get up at 7 a.m. to go to work, I get off work at 2, I study until 5, I have class til 9:30. Rinse. Repeat. On the weekend I have to run errands and relax, and Sundays is dedicated to reading. I probably spend 13 hrs. a day or more on the computer. It’s sick.

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