A Pennsylvania college has made BMI as important as GPA when it comes to graduating, and some soon-to-be degree-less fatties are raising a stink.
At Lincoln University, physical health is on par with mental acumen. Students who started school after 2006 must be tested, and have a BMI under 30, the cutoff for medical obesity. If they don't make the grade, they've got to take a three-credit fitness class that will have them jogging lifting weights. Well, the first class who has to meet those guidelines are seniors now, and they're as angry as if the waiter forgot the bacon on their cheeseburger.
One student wrote in the school paper,
As someone who has taken many years to accept the fact that I will never be a size two, I feel as though the administration is now telling me that not being a size two may hinder me from graduating from Lincoln.
I didn't come to Lincoln to be told that my weight is not in an acceptable range. I came here to get an education which, as a three time honor student, is something I have been doing quite well, despite the fact that I have a slightly high Body Mass Index.
Sixteen percent of the senior class have yet to get tested, though most are expected to pass without having to take the class. The remainder will be backup RBs for the Titans.