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University to Students: You’re too Fat to Graduate

By Brian Schultz

Fat PeopleA university in the U.S. is making sure its students’ waistlines are up to par with their grades before receiving a diploma.

Lincoln University recently instituted a requirement that all students with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 will have to take a physical education class in order to graduate. Good thing Kirstie Alley isn’t enrolled there.

The “Fitness for Life” program was introduced in 2006, but only took effect this year. Over two dozen students will be held back from graduating in the spring because of it.

As you can imagine, the program has been criticized widely, especially in the blogosphere, where students have been expressing their objections.

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  • Master Swoop

    I think the headline of this story (which I saw on CNN or something not too long ago) is misleading and designed to create shock-value/resentment for an otherwise good initiative.

    Student’s with a BMI over 30 merely have to TAKE this course. They don’t have to lose weight or reduce their waistline or anything like that.

    I can see where there would be some controversy as you are essentially discriminating against bigger students, but it’s simply a matter of health and I think THAT’S what people need to understand. I’m not terribly overweight, but I am trying to shed a few pounds and eat better to try and stave off sleep apnea and other weight related health hazards, a person’s weight should be considered seriously from a health-minded perspective and not just aesthetics.

  • WpgCameraMan

    There’s no such thing as fat college girls. At least not on the sites I surf.