Yale Relents, Won't Expel Thin Student
Frances Chan goes public with her dispute
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2014 4:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Yale student Frances Chan is naturally thin at 5-foot-2 and 95 pounds, just like her parents and grandparents before her. But when she visited the school's health center on an unrelated matter, officials there deemed her too thin and demanded that she gain weight or face expulsion, reports the New Haven Register. Chan did her best for weeks, scarfing down junk food and forgoing stairs, but it was no use. When a nurse told her that the 2 pounds she gained wasn't good enough, Chan vented publicly in an essay at the Huffington Post. It worked.

While the school won't comment publicly on the matter, Chan says she switched to a new Yale doctor who "trusts that I do not have an eating disorder and admitted that ‘we made a mistake,’" the 20-year-old history major tells the Register. The problem, Chan maintains, is that Yale put too much of an emphasis on body mass index as a measure of health, reports Fox News. She no longer has to return to the health center for weekly weigh-ins. (Click to read about another case in which an intervention by strangers at the gym turned out to be exactly the right response.)

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Apr 10, 2014 2:38 PM CDT
Well, I better not go to the nurse's office any time soon.
Apr 10, 2014 1:05 AM CDT
What did Skull & Bones have to say ?
Ezekiel 25:17
Apr 10, 2014 12:28 AM CDT
Silly administrators. Don't they know that when she dies of anorexia in a year or two they can monetize it. They can have Frances' day or Frances' fund for anorexia. A guy at Oral Roberts University made the same claim except he was obese. At that time, Oral Roberts believed a fat person was ungodly. Being a Christian Liberal Arts college (I know, an Irony), it was able to legally discriminate based on religion. But the guy sued over discrimination over weight. Oral Roberts was able to convince a jury that obesity was a sign of Biblical excess, a sin and thus a religious issue. The guy countered that Oral Roberts can't discriminate on any basis because they accept Pell grants monies. Oral countered that Pell grants were between the US government and the student. It was the student who chose to spend Pell grant monies at his religious college. The guy was forced to either lose the weight or leave.