As kids in America’s public schools call out Michelle Obama for restrictive lunchroom decrees, a much more prestigious institution recently took an altogether different approach. According to Yale University student Frances Chan, she was informed by administrators that she could face expulsion unless she put on significant weight.
The diminutive, 92-pound history major claims her frame is in line with the rest of her family and disputed her school’s claim that she was somehow unhealthy at her current size.
“It felt really bad to be this powerless,” she said, explaining it was incredibly difficult for her to pack on pounds.
“I ate ice cream twice a day,” she recalled. “I ate cookies. I used elevators instead of walking up stairs. But I don’t really gain any weight.”
While high school students are being force-fed meals deemed healthy by an unelected first lady, this university is demanding Chan subsist on junk food just to remain enrolled. Yale was not satisfied when she gained two pounds, leading her to take her story to the media.
After penning an essay published by the Huffington Post, she started getting feedback from other Yale students put in similar positions. She determined that the university relied almost exclusively on the often misleading results of students’ body mass index results.
Since December, Chan wrote in the essay, she has undergone “weekly weigh-ins and urine tests, three blood tests, appointments with a mental health counselor and a nutritionist, and even an EKG done to test my heart.”
Despite a clean bill of cardiac health, she said she spent a total of 10 hours in the school’s health center within a three-week span. While she could have been studying for upcoming exams, she was required to come in for regular exams and tests. When she realized her best efforts would not satisfy administrators, she wrote that she refuses to continue trying to appease them.
“I don’t have an eating disorder,” she concluded, “and I will not let Yale Health cause me to develop one. If Yale wants to kick me out, let them try – in the meantime, I’ll be studying for midterms, doing my best to make up for lost time.”
Intrusive government officials and their surrogates within leftist-controlled institutions like universities are increasingly interested in molding Americans – both physically and mentally – into what they consider an optimal form. Students are not allowed to be over or under a certain weight, despite the fact that Americans of all sizes are empirically healthy. On the other hand, many others make themselves sick by trying to fit the dimensions our leaders demand.
Free choice in America has effectively been replaced by authority figures who believe they know better than the individual.
–B. Christopher Agee
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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom