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Big Brother strikes again (and calls you a fatty)

November 23, 2009

Maybe it’s because I, myself, am pleasantly plump, but I always feel the need to defend people who are considered overweight. 

It can be exhausting trying to live up to the standards society puts on us.  Thin seems to always be in, and God forbid you not quite measure up.  And the health care community doesn’t do us any favors by putting blanketed guidelines in place.  I actually know people who have gone to the doctor as normal, fit, healthy individuals and left as obese, because that is what a Body Mass Index (BMI) chart told them was true.

Do I think that health and fitness are important?  Yes.  Do I think people probably need to take it more seriously (including myself)?  Yes. 

But that doesn’t mean we should have Big Brother lording over us like pudgy subjects. 

And now, your college diploma, at least at one university, could be in jeopardy if you’re too ‘fat.’  Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is actually requiring students to undergo a physical prior graduation and if your BMI exceeds 30, you have to complete a physical education course in order to graduate. 

They said it’s an attempt to keep their students “healthy.” Well, isn’t that nice of them? 

Can you imagine toiling away for 4 years only to learn that you’re just a little too fat to deserve a diploma?



2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2009 2:51 pm

    I think this would be bad enough if the BMI actually measured obesity, but it really doesn’t. I’ve known many people who were plenty active and just because they had some muscles instead of just skin and bone the BMI classified them as obese. I hope that school doesn’t have an athletic program or they might discover many of the athletes are too fat to graduate.

  2. Alicia permalink
    November 23, 2009 8:23 pm

    Big Brother is right. If you’re at the point where you’ve earned a college degree I think you have enough brain cells to decide your approach to fitness all by yourself. This is crazy talk, people.

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