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College’s too-fat-to-graduate rule under fire

Education with health requirements? Now this is definitely a radical idea. Students at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania not only have to take their required curriculum classes but any student who has a Body Mass Index of 30 or above is required to take or test out of a health course. This is the first requirement of its kind and is raising some issues among some of the students who attend the school.

Personally I find this rule to be offensive and unethical. Not all students are required to pass the health class only those with the BMI of 30 or greater. I find this prejudicial. Students attend college to receive an education in their desired field of study. If the area of study was physical education, I would understand the requirement. I don’t understand where the college administration thinks it is okay to require students to pass a class, especially a health course, when the class is not field related.

The university feels they are making a stand against obesity by imposing the requirement. One question not addressed by the article is: how many of the workers at this university have a body mass index of 30 or above? This would be quite interesting to know since the university most likely offers health insurance benefits. Would the university not gain more from having a healthier staff than healthier students? Also, what is the university’s stand on alcohol? Should it require Alcohol Awareness classes since most college age students binge drink?

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  1. bolong32
    December 1, 2009 at 2:43 am

    As one of the fat kids of the world, i see nothing offensive with the health class requirement. As far as the administration requireing to pass a class not field related, is not this what is called the core cirriculum? College is about geting the education that you need to succeed in the world. I feel that this education in health is just as important as say a business writng course teaching you how to write a resume. Potential employers cant legally discriminate but personal apperance does matter is wheather you get the job.

    I do agree with you on the health insurance issue. If the University has a moneatary interest in the health of an employee then it should be allowed to require workers to pass a health class.

  2. safraser46
    December 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    It is nice to see Lincoln University taking s stand on obesity. This highly talked about topic is all over the media. Since all we do is talk about it, it’s time to take action about it. How does it make sense that America’s obesity rates keeps rising and public education systems are banning physical education classes for good? Ironic is it not? Whether we like it or not something needs to be done about the obesity rates in the U.S. This process can save millions of lives due to the side effects of obesity leading to death.

  3. okazako1
    December 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I think it is good idea to take a stand on obesity. Today, in the United States, overweight people represent over 50 percent of population. I think if a given student have to take a health course due to its overweight then he/she will be encouraged to loose weight. Who want to say “I am attending a health course because I didn’t fot requirements?” Especially, in the school it is “not cool”, no student want that.

  4. pjeffenb
    December 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I feel that the colleges heart is in the right place but it is unethical to hold them from graduating because of a health class. All the students should have to take the class

  5. hpaukov1
    December 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I think this is ridiculous that a university has the audacity to think they can regulate BMI of the students. Yes, the idea of taking a stance against obesity is a good one but at what cost? A person should not have their right to graduate taken away from them just because of a few extra pounds! Some people have issues where they have to have more than the stated required BMI. So what then they have to get special permission from their doctors to have those extra pounds? Like I said this plan is a very bad one. I am not over weight and very health conscious personally but I would never go to a school with such stipulations.

  6. abendym
    December 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I think that all students should be required to take the course, but to withhold a student from graduation because they have not passed the class is a bit extreme. I dont think the majority of the people in this country understand the extremes of obesity and how serious of an issue it is. Teaching people when they are younger it is more beneficial and more likely that they will retain the information and use it to help benefit themselves in the long run.

  7. mlhanaga
    December 6, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I think that all students should have to take some sort of health class before graduation. I think that it is ridiculous to make students who have a certain BMI take the class or withold them from graduation. Like all colleges, every student has certain core classes that they must take and I think it would be a great idea to make one of the core classes a health class. Our younger generations could really use the knowledge about obesity and health issues.

  8. cwmoore11
    December 8, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Wow what are our colleges coming to? They are more worried about the appearance of the graduates now instead of what they can provide. It is not up to the college to dictate weather a person is overweight. Also a college should not be allowed to make certain students take an overweight class if not all have to do it. Students trouble with obesity during their colleges years because of depression and pressure, so this is what the colleges should eb focusing on instead of how fat their students are. I do believe that this college will see a drop in student enrollment once all the current “fat students” get out

  9. bnjoe
    December 8, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    It is nice to know that colleges around the world care about obesity, but come on. I can be the smartest kid on the block, but because I weighed 2x as more as average I am not allowed to graduate, are you serious? Appearance should not mean anything to a college if i’m paying them my tuition and not causing any problems on campus. Some obesity cases come from gland issues and depression and stress, in these cases what are colleges going to do when there’s doctor’s orders set in stome.

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