PE for the obese

Do your relatives comment on your weight every time they see you? (chuckle) That’s unfortunate. What if someone suggested you take a fitness class to help with your weight? Yup, that’s right. PE. I guess that’s what students at Lincoln University (in PA) are facing – except it’s less of a suggestion and more of a mandatory PE class if you want your diploma. But if your BMI was 30 or above, would you accept that you’d have to go to PE every week?

As I was browsing through Yahoo Shine (their “Healthy Living” section), I came across this article here by Sarah Jio (Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine). I’ve copied and pasted it below.

Lincoln University in Pennsylvania created a mandate for obese students: If you’re overweight, you must take a fitness class–or else no diploma.

Here’s how it works: The university requires that incoming students get tested for body mass index, which correlates to height and weight. Students with BMIs 30 or above–considered obese–are required to take a 3-hour-a-week class called “Fitness for Life.”

According to the AP, Tiana Lawson, a 21-year-old senior, wrote in this week’s edition of The Lincolnian, the student newspaper, that she “didn’t come to Lincoln to be told that my weight is not in an acceptable range. I came here to get an education.”

She says she feels that larger students are being “singled out.” Yet, a University spokesperson said its only trying to help. “We know we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic,” said James L. DeBoy, chairman of Lincoln’s department of health, physical education and recreation. “We have an obligation to address this head on, knowing full well there’s going to be some fallout.”

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3 Responses

  1. It's on today's CNN, too. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/11/30/lincoln.fitness.overweight/index.htmlHow do you correct this market failure? It goes beyond measuring BMIs and enforcing physical activity. The government needs to re-examine the food industry and the built environment so that students aren't faced with this issue in college. My two cents.

  2. Unreal. The rules/requirements should be for everyone. Not for a specific class or target. That's discrimination.Schools in general are just a joke and a waste of money. Schools are nothing but broken promises and dreams. They teach people nothing of real value. The only thing schools teach is how to be subservient under a "one world government". No free thinking, no creativity, no independence in schools.Better off using the internet for learning and education. You learn a lot more than being inside the box. A degree/diploma is nothing but a piece of paper.

  3. Thanks for the posting..I do tend to agree with ceebee on the discrimination part. This should be mandatory for everyone because everyone, unless medical incapable of completing PE, will benefit from something like this.

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