University Discriminates Against Fat People – Won’t Allow Them

Lincoln University uses the long discredited BMI, or Body Mass Index, as the criterion used to decide if a student is too fat and must take an intensive course in fitness in order to be allowed to graduate.

Once selected for the course, failure to complete it means that the student will not be allowed to graduate. "Mom, I got straight A’s but they won’t let me graduate because they say I’m too fat!"  This can’t be legal, can it?

First of all Lincoln U uses a BMI of 30 or above as grounds for forcing students to take the fitness course.  Here is one big problem with this inane plan – BMI is determined with only 2 variables – height and weight – but of course body type (morphology) and muscularity can play havoc with this system.   For example I weighed 247 this morning and I’m 5’10" – and NOT fat!   I am a bodybuilder with large amounts of muscle on my fairly heavy boned frame and my stomach muscles are plainly evident – the typical ‘6 pack’ – but my BMI is an obese 35.4.   So apart from the unfairness and probable unconstitutionality of Lincoln’s fat prejudice, they use a ridiculous method to determine obesity. Note that the majority of NFL athletes come out as obese on the BMI scale.

Lincoln University is traditionally a black college and so it would seem reasonable that they would be sensitive to issues concerning prejudice. Yet they have implemented a most disgusting program that totally alienates many students and undermines their feelings of self worth. What right do those fat bigots have to judge a student on their appearance or health or eating habits?   This reeks of Nazi Germany and it policies.   I hope those protesting the Uni’s policy triumph. Next we will have Walmart and MacDonald’s forcing employees to lode weight or lose their jobs.   This is a prime incidence of "1984" with Big Brother toting a scale.

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