Miss Farah

Lose Weight or Don’t Graduate

Posted on: May 26, 2010

I was watching Rachel Ray last night and she was having a debate about this read:
A handful of college students slated to graduate this spring may not be getting their diplomas after all. And it isn’t because they did not meet their academic requirements to graduate, but because they failed to take a class to help them lose weight and get fit.

In 2006, Lincoln University, an institution just an hour’s drive southwest of Philadelphia, established a new graduation requirement for the class of 2010–those entering the university with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater would be required to take a “Fitness for Life” class before graduation or risk not graduating. The class meets three times a week for a semester where students participate in aerobic activities, learn about nutrition and other healthy lifestyle habits.

As many of us are fully aware, America has an obesity problem. But should universities and colleges initiate such drastic measures to force their students to lose weight and get healthy? Basically telling these students, lose weight or risk not graduating, even if you exceed academically.
So what do you think? Is it fair to not allow these students to graduate because they are obese?  They paid for their intuition after all, but it kinda has some positive aspects! What do you think?

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