The Obesity Obsession Gets Stranger and Worse


Progressivism doesn’t mean freedom. It means a totalitarian system obsessed with petty behavior control.

Yale has threatened to kick out a 20-year-old history major because she’s too thin.

New Jersey native, Frances Chan, who is 5’2″ and weighs 90lbs, claims she’s been force feeding herself Cheetos and ice cream in an attempt to add flesh to her tiny frame after the Ivy League school became convinced she was suffering from an eating disorder.

Chan said the New Haven, Connecticut, college wouldn’t even let up when her parents confirmed she, and the rest of her family, had always been naturally skinny and even sent in childhood medical records and had their doctor contact the school.

In the meeting, they told her she was dangerously underweight and imposed mandatory weekly weigh-ins as well as sessions with a mental health professional and a nutritionist.

Chan tried to comply with the school’s request and put on weight but she only managed to gain two pounds.

This doesn’t appear to be a unique event. Strangely it seems to be somewhat commonplace even though the people involved are legal adults.

Sometime late in the summer, well after she’d received her rooming assignment and begun to mull over courses, Stacy got word from YUHS that she would need to make an appointment, concerning her weight, upon arrival her freshman year. That message presented her with the alternatives of taking a gap year for the sake of putting on weight, or else coming as planned and seeing how things played out. Opting for the latter, Stacy eventually fell prey to what she called a “vicious cycle,” whereby the more she stressed out about gaining weight, the more she lost her appetite.

At each of her weekly sessions with YUHS, which she now terms “weigh-ins,” Stacy was given a target weight to aim for the following week. According to Stacy, the inability to raise her BMI sufficiently, by YUHS standards, stemmed from this newly formed anxiety and a genetic predisposition toward skinniness.

Toward the end of the semester, Stacy was informed that if she kept failing to reach YUHS’ goals for her, she would be withdrawn for the following semester—no matter how superbly she was performing in other areas.

And more…


I had to go through the same nightmare at Yale. It’s despicable and I still have a complicated relationship with food. I had to gain ten pounds in one month the summer before my freshman year or else risk not being able to attend a university I had given up a full ride to attend (because they gave me fabulous financial aid, because it’s what I wanted, because I’m from a small town and wanted to experience something more). I think it’s one of the worst things they inflict upon students. I’m surprised more people haven’t rallied against it–probably from fear they’d be reprimanded.

This national obsession with weight is starting to take on the attributes of a psychological disorder.

  • Alleena

    I am a senior citizen. Over the years, I have know many people who were as thin as this woman. They were healthy, but they were naturally thin. Don’t the people at Yale get out much? The Ivy League people are looking more and more like tyrants than educators.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Our tyranny comes out of the Ivy League

      • glpage

        100% correct.

      • CaoMoo

        There needs to be a study to see if repeatedly patting yourself on the back raises blood flow to the brain causing a big head.

        It would explain a lot about modern colleges.

  • Chris Gait

    Chinese women are, on the average, much smaller and slimmer than the typical liberal cows at these Ivy League schools who are so concerned about other people’s health. So this is liberal racism mixed with the usual liberal demand that everyone live as they say, not as they do.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      it’s a fascist obsession with petty rules and regulations

      • Boots

        I can’t prove it but I suspect its as much about showing they have the power to control behavior and discourage future non-compliance. If they can force an otherwise healthy young lady to modify her behavior they can modify any other behavior they dislike. Sadly Ms Chan most likely won’t recognize this is about control and not her health and probably votes Democrat.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          They want to control every aspect of life. It’s reflexive progressivism

      • Boogie’s Daddy

        You have NOT capitalized the opening word of your sentence. To NOT use capital letters in such an situation is strictly verbotten!

    • UCSPanther

      It’s all about an unhealthy obsession with conformity, plus too much money.

      Decadence always has bred this kind of insanity.

  • glpage

    With 90+% of all grades given at Harvard are A’s and Yale’s apparent inability to understand anything beyond their apparent narrow belief system, one as to wonder if a degree from those schools is anything more than confirmation that you can be indoctrinated with leftist, elitist ideology.

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  • UCSPanther

    So to attend Harvard or Yale and be considered “healthy”, you have to be a hambone now?

    I’m sure if one was a 400-pound blimp with zero muscle, rarely goes out into the sun, considers standing and playing video games an aerobic workout session and is in imminent danger of dropping dead from a heart attack at age 30, they would consider that “healthy”.

    This is beyond absurd.


    What we see here is that there is always someone who wants to control any aspect of your life, however obscure and personal it might be. And such persons fit quite nicely into the Totalitarian Left – in fact, this is how the Bureaucratic Left is composed: one of them wants to control your diet, another your smoking, another your transportation, etc. etc.

  • A Z

    This topic would seem like it would be a sleeper, but it is easy to understand and visceral.

    It is unbelievable. The Yale Administration has failed biology and genetics. They have not failed totalitarianism.

  • HZ

    More liberal fascism disguised as enlightened thinking.
    Their bigotry, not to mention hypocrisy, makes me ashamed to have graduated Yale.

  • De Doc

    I read this on HuffPo and the entire idea is stupid beyond belief. Outside of demonstrable evidence of an eating disorder or frank malnutrition, an underweight individual, who is otherwise healthy, is not something that needs medical intervention. In a time where obesity affects a third or more of U.S. adults why the obsession over a person who is just genetically programmed to be thin? Maybe they should study her genome and see how she can eat like a horse and yet not gain any significant weight. That would have far more value than encouraging her to gorge herself with junk food to keep Harvard’s Nanny Culture satisfied.

  • Shmalkandik

    Liberals really have a libido for the ugly.

  • The March Hare

    And doesn’t Harvard have one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world? Surly they would have brains available to them to explain variations in metabolism. I was very thin, wiry, active and ate like a horse including as much sweets and junk food as I wanted and never fluctuated more than 2 pounds up until I was in my late 40s.

    • monostor

      I was exactly like you describe it…I was going for my university admission exam (there was such a thing in the country where I was born) when the guy at the entrance who was checking ID’s wanted to stop me from entering. He was trying to tell me that I am in the wrong place, the high school is one block farther down the road.

  • wileyvet

    If she were a Muslim chick in a Burkha, there would be no problem.

  • CaoMoo

    Time for a lawyer. Sue the school. Don’t comply