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Student Says Yale Threatened to Oust Her Unless She Gained Weight

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 04:58 PM

A Yale University student, whom administrators threatened to oust because she weighed too little, has agreed to gain weight to stay in school, the New Haven Register reports.
 
Frances Chan, a 20-year-old history major, has been sparring with Yale's health center for several months over her low weight. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 92 pounds, and Yale doctors were concerned her health was at risk.
 
But she told the newspaper she's always been very thin, as were her parents and grandparents at her age. Still, she relented and began eating cookies and ice cream to pack on some pounds, as per Yale's insistence.
 
Last September, she went to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven to have a breast lump checked. The lump was benign, but the visit prompted Yale officials to push her gain weight.
 
Since December, Chan has had multiple medical appointments and mandatory weigh-ins. She met with a nutritionist and a mental health counselor to determine whether she might have an eating disorder.
 
Yale spokesman Tom Conroy told the newspaper that the university was not allowed to discuss an individual student’s medical treatment, due to medical privacy regulations. "Yale has a strong system of mental health care for students," Conroy said.
 
Over spring break, Chan wrote an essay about her experience for the Huffington Post.
The problem, Chan said, was that Yale placed too much emphasis on the body mass index (BMI) as the guiding measure of health.
 
Last week, Chan said a new physician acknowledged that BMI was not the only measure of health.
 
"So she trusts that I do not have an eating disorder and admitted that 'we made a mistake,' " she told the register.
 
Chan agreed to continue coming to Yale Health for monitoring — but only once a semester.

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