Yale student claims university threatened to suspend her if she didn’t gain weight
A student at Yale University said she was faced with an unusual college dilemma for the past few months: gain weight or leave school.Now, yeah, 5'2" and 92 is on the skinny side, to be sure. I'm shocked, though, that a medical facility would make such a pronouncement - that she was "dangerously" underweight - and put her through such grief. And then to just magically find another doctor who *POOF* makes everything all better? I'm guessing there's more to this story - like someone looking for their 15 minutes of fame.
According to a report in the New Haven Register, Frances Chan said she has been stuffing herself with ice cream and Cheetos, after doctors at Yale’s health center allegedly said she was too thin and needed to gain weight. At 5’2”, Chan weighs just 92 lbs, but she argued that she’s always been very skinny – just like her parents and grandparents were at her age.
At least, I'd like to think that, because it's vastly preferable to the alternative. Here we have a student at Yale, one of the premier colleges in the US, who accepts, blindly, the University's proclamation that she needs to gain weight based on one medical exam? There's no mention of any independent testing, so it doesn't sound like she went to her own doctor or even another practice in the area. I'd like to think that one of the "best and brightest" would do more than just blindly follow what the college told her for six months, even though she knew they were wrong.
On the other hand, I'd like to think that Yale, that premier college mentioned in the last paragraph, would be better than simply reading one number and running a play from the book of zero tolerance. Height = X. Weight = Y. BMI = ZOMG EATING DISORDER. You'd think they
would be capable of thinking outside the narrow equation - perhaps a note from this woman's family doctor? This can't possibly be the first time someone noticed that she weighed a lot less than the average.
Then again, nothing would surprise me much any more...
That is all.