Too Fat to Graduate? College Adds BMI Requirement
Students are furious over Lincoln University’s weight constraint.
First-year students at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University will need to keep their body mass index below 30 if they have any hopes of graduating.
If pupils who arrive on campus do not fit the bill, they can participate in a one-unit course dubbed “Fitness for Life” which includes Pilates exercises and fitness games.
“The point is to keep students healthy” James L. DeBoy, chair of Lincoln’s department of health, physical education and recreation, explained.
Sophomore Lousie Kaddie summed up students’ reactions in the school newspaper, The Lincolnian:
“It’s not up to Lincoln to tell me how much my BMI should be,” she declared. “I came here to get a degree, and that’s what the administration should be concerned with. (Lemon Drop)