Obese students required to take fitness class for diploma

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Yep, you heard me. Lincoln University in Pennsylvania has attempting to battle weight by making students take a fitness class. Those who refuse can sadly say goodbye to their diplomas.

So here’s how it goes: Beginning in Fall 2006, all incoming students have been required to take a Body Mass Index test, a measure based on height and weight. Those who have a BMI of 30 and over have to enroll in a “fitness for life” class for 3 hours a week. A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. An obese person will have a BMI of 30 and over.

While there has been some protest among the students, the historically black University says they are only trying to help.  According to AP, they are concerned about the high rates of obesity and diabetes, especially in the African-American community.

To pass the course that includes physical activities as well as information on nutrition, stress, and sleep, students are not required to lose weight, but just need to attend and participate in the classes.

Tiana Lawson, a 21-year-old senior, says while she believes her current BMI would exempt her from the class, she’s going to take it anyway “because I would like to be healthier,” but also states that she feels that the larger students are being singled out.

So what do you guys think? Is this a smart move on the University, or should all students be required to take this class.

Curious about what your BMI is? See for yourself here.


3 Responses to Obese students required to take fitness class for diploma

  1. Erin Harris says:

    If they have the resources available to provide classes for all students, I think it’d be a great idea to require that all students take a physical education course. I may have worked out more during college had it been a requirement at UT. Most people can benefit from more exercise!

  2. Tim says:

    Whoa, I thought this was a headline from the Onion when I first read it. This is a really interesting concept and I’m curious if other schools will follow suit or if the protests will prove too troublesome.

  3. Leigh. says:

    i’m pretty sure the DT ran something about this, seeing if UT had ever considered implementing something like this… I think the responses were mostly confusion!

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