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Too fat to graduate - is it really a race issue, or just a lazy issue?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-11-23/too-fat-to-graduate/

Lincoln University is refusing to give diplomas to two dozen obese students who ditched a health class. Now people are asking why the black community is ignoring a more critical issue? really? Plain and simple, these students knew they HAD to take this class, but didn't. Now it is being brought down to a racial level and we have to wonder why Wholefood's doesn't accept foodstamps? Right...let's blame THEM for obesity! Last time I checked, Costco sold fruit and vegetables too!

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:49 PM on Nov. 29, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Well there isn't usually  Whole Foods Markets in impoverished areas, but Whole Foods does accept EBT cards, all chain grocers do. Man WFM has gotten a bad rep lately.


    Anyway there is a correlation between poverty and obesity, but I don't think you have to eat badly because you are poor.

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:02 PM on Nov. 29, 2009

  • They ditched a health class? That's just stupid. If they ditch classes and they are obese, both are bad things and have nothing to do with race or poverty. Its just stupid. What is happening to people? You just don't ditch classes....unless you are a loser.
    Lindalu2

    Answer by Lindalu2 at 11:11 PM on Nov. 29, 2009

  • Now that is ridiculous. You pay for a class and don't attend?

    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 11:14 PM on Nov. 29, 2009

  • Rules are rules. You ditch a mandatory class, you do not pass and you do not graduate, period. Skin color does not matter-


    Clearly, not the brightest bulbs in the light, either.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 11:31 PM on Nov. 29, 2009

  • The race issue (and the poverty one) are complete BS. But, so is the idea that a university would even consider making a class mandatory ONLY for fat people. There's your discrimination.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:32 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • From the article:
    "In 2006, the university implemented a mandatory semester-long program entitled “Fitness for Life,” which aimed to educate the portion of their student population with a body mass index of 30 or higher on physical fitness, nutrition, and the health risks associated with obesity, and how to maintain (or obtain) a healthy physique. While this sounds like a promising initiative that certainly caters to the demographic that needs it most—young black Americans—two dozen of the 92 hopeful graduates who registered as freshman with a BMI of 30 or higher (qualifying them as obese) decided not to enroll in the course."

    Can you imagine if they made a mandatory skin care class only for students with acne?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:36 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Yeah they discriminated against them being obese ie the mandatory class. But this is not a racial thing. I mean if they were all overweight white kids would it be racial? No one would even THINK about calling it racial.
    Crissy1213

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 1:25 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • No one has to go to college,nor did they have to go to this university.They made a choice to attend this school with its clearly stated class requirements.These requirements were in their degree plan from their freshman year ,if they didn't like the degree plan and its requirements they could always transfer to another school.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:39 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Wait a minute. They Made them take a class because they had a BMI over 30? Now I change my stance if that is the case.
    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 2:18 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Is this a class everyone has to take or just students with a BMI over 30? THAT is discrimination if that is the case.
    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 2:24 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

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