The Obesity Obsession Gets Stranger and Worse

Progressivism doesn't mean freedom.


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Toward the end of the semester, Stacy was informed that if she kept failing to reach YUHS’ goals for her, she would be withdrawn for the following semester—no matter how superbly she was performing in other areas.

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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.

Tags: Yale, obesity