the practice of making people who are obese or who don’t participate in company wellness programs pay a price is well-covered ground here and elsewhere. now we can add something else to the mix—students being too obese to graduate.
lincoln university, a local college in philadephia, has a new graduation requirement for those with a BMI above 30: completion of three hours of fitness classes per week for one semester. james deboy, chairman of the school’s department of health and physical education, argues that:
“we, as educators, must tell students when we believe, in our heart of hearts, when certain factors, certain behaviors, attitudes, whatever, are going to hinder that student from achieving and maximizing their life goals.”
an expanded notion of a college’s responsibility to prepare students for success in life and work? or overreaching, paternalistic meddling?
what are your thoughts?