Monday, 7 December 2009

Sorry you are too fat to graduate

Interesting article from Saturdays Guardian here.

A university in America has decided to test all its students and those with a BMI above 30 and a waist measurement about 35inches for women, or 40inches for men, will have to take a special class to graduate. The fitness for life lessons will including walking, cycling, aerobics and lessons in a healthy diet.

It doesn't say they have to improve their BMI to graduate just that they have to go to the classes.

Is it fair that people cannot graduate because they are obese when academically they have done well?


  1. Very unfair.

    You might be interested in what my
    friend blogged about it.

  2. I can see what the university is trying to achieve, but I'm not sure that they are going about it the right way.

    It might be better to close down The Grill and KFC. It's a bit hypocritical to profit from the presence of those unhealthy outlets and then condemn the students who eat there.

    I'm not exactly enormous, but I only just squeeze inside those limits. Mind you, when graduated I was very skinny with a BMI of only 19.6!

    I can see why the students wouldn't like this, but as long as they don't have to actually lose weight to graduate then perhaps it's worth trying this approach to see if it helps them stay healthy in the future.

  3. I found it interesting there is no comment about being too thin to graduate. A far more dangerous condition!

  4. maybe they should just introduce a healthy lifestyle/education before it's graduation time!!!

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