So the deal is this: if you're obese (per BMI) at this college, you're required to take a nutrition and health class or you don't graduate.
Now, I know I'm opening up a can of worms here, but this is something I'd like to discuss with the MDA'ers and possibly Mark.
First off, I find this discriminatory as all hell.
It'd be one thing to make ALL the students take this course but singling out the obese students just rubs me the wrong way. They're forcing kids to pay more money to graduate. And for what good reason? Yes, it's important to take care of yourself but what college kid, even those with meal plans, can afford the kind of eating required to stay trim and healthy the right way? I remember my college cafeteria. No salad bar (but they DID have a PASTA BAR), prepackaged lettuce with sugar-laden dressing you didn't get to choose, and the "grill" was the only part open all day long - but in the "name of health" the grill only served frankenfoods. Soy and tofu burgers and hotdogs on whole wheat buns... topped with mayo and plastic cheese! Cereal bar was open all day too... with your choice of soy milk or skim milk, a WIDE variety of nothing but sugary cereals (and one raisin bran), and ended off with... a loaf of bread and a toaster. With margarine and strawberry preserves.
When I missed a meal for whatever reason I'd eat in my room... food I could afford, like ramen and mac'n'cheese. Or white rice that could be cooked in the microwave.
Secondly, I can only assume that this class they're going to teach is going to be chock full of CW-nutritional information. I don't know about the rest of you but I went through that phase where I followed CW nutrition like it was a holy book. Whole wheat grains! Only lean, tasteless, water-injected meat or frankenfoods! Huge bowls of lettuce with nothing on it! Sugary fruit! Low-calorie bread! Low-fat mayo! Skim milk or diet soda! One to two hours of the elliptical machine a day! And don't get me started on all the pills I got prescribed to help... natural sleep? Fuggetaboutit.
I lost twenty pounds... and then stalled for six months.
Thirdly, I'd like to mention that yes, diet and exercise is something you CAN control, it's not like they're telling all the white kids they can't graduate until they 'tan up' or something, but when you've got CW in your face telling you to lose weight a certain way, and it isn't working, what makes these administrators think that forcing kids to take a class on stuff they Probably Already Know is going to fix anything? Seriously? Because I've had a health class every year from about third grade on alllll the way through college. Same info Every. Single. Year. I knew CW backwards and forwards.
It did nothing for me.
Finally, BMI. OMG. WTF. Other acronyms that essentially boil down to "with all the research and factual evidence supporting the slapping down of BMI why the hell are people still going by it?". Seriously. Is the ENTIRE medical industry blind? How long can a measurement so OBVIOUSLY false still be used? At what point is is just laziness?
Anyway, this just bugged me. I'd like to hear all of your takes on the subject. Some of you've been fat - really fat - like me. Others never have been. So what do you think? Is forcing a CW-laden class on these students under pain of not graduating a good thing? Can we, as people, really be FORCED to be healthier?