Monday, November 30, 2009

Too Fat To Graduate???


  
     Many people dismiss their BMI (Body Mass Index) as a demonstration of their overall health.  Lincoln University, a historically black college, in Oxford, Pennsylvania is bringing to light the importance of that number.  Students who have a BMI over 30, fall into the "obese" category and MUST take a fitness course called "Fitness for Life" that meets three hours per week.  Those who fail to do so, cannot graduate.  Swarms of people are up in arms about this rule and feel it is discriminatory and insulting.


CALCULATE YOUR BMI


      A university is a place to educate, inform and share ideas.  If students have not already learned about their bodies, exercise and nutrition, where else will they get this information?  It is a shame that "healthcare" is so reactionary rather than preventative and I appreciate the fact that Lincoln University is stepping up to teach people how to live well.

     I do, however, sympathize with folks who find Lincoln University's rule a bit offensive.  Singling out those with a BMI over 30, makes the assumption that those people are lazy or uneducated and that people who weigh too little or are in the normal weight range are eating well and exercising properly and need no further education on the topic.   Although I might weigh more, I feel that I am well read and educated, I am health conscious and frequent the gym far more often than many of the people I know with BMI's in the normal range.  Ideally, every student should get that same education.  In Lincoln's situation, budget constraints do restrict them from including everyone.  I would urge students who fall into that range not to focus on the stigma attached or being embarrassed, they should take full advantage of the opportunity to learn how to live.  They should open their minds and educate themselves about their greatest resource, their bodies -- it will save them lots of money in medical costs, improve their health and their moods and add years to their lives.

I'm curious what your thoughts are on the matter?

Good news on the weigh-in today I lost 3.2 lbs this week!  It was THANKSGIVING WEEK!)  I'm pleased as punch... My BMI is now at 30.6

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