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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