Yale has threatened to kick out a 20-year-old history major because she's too thin. New Jersey native, Frances Chan, who is 5'2" and weighs 90lbs, claims she's been force feeding herself Cheetos and ice cream in an attempt to add flesh to her tiny frame after the Ivy League school became convinced she was suffering from an eating disorder。
Chan said the college wouldn't even let up when her parents confirmed she, and the rest of her family, had always been naturally skinny and even sent in childhood medical records and had their doctor contact the school。
'It felt really bad to be this powerless,' Chan told the New Haven Register. 'I ate ice cream twice a day. I ate cookies. I used elevators instead of walking up stairs. But I don't really gain any weight.'
She said the battle over her weight began in September when she noticed a lump in her breast and went to get it checked out. The lump came back benign, but Yale doctors called her in for a follow up appointment because they had other 'concerns.'
In the meeting, they told her she was dangerously underweight and imposed mandatory weekly weigh-ins as well as sessions with a mental health professional and a nutritionist。
Chan tried to comply with the school's request and put on weight but she only managed to gain two pounds. However, the university said that wouldn't do。
Angry, helpless and distracted from her studies, Chan decided to pen an essay about her experience for the Huffington Post. In it she explains that she's been small 'since high school, but it has never led to any illnesses related to low weight or malnutrition.'
She claims the university's blind use of Body Mass Index as a yard stick for a healthy weight is where they are going wrong。
On Friday, she learned that her new doctor acknowledged BMI was not the only measure of a healthy weight and admitted the college had 'made a mistake' in how they handled her thin frame。