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

November 30, 2009 9 comments

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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