Saturday 21 April 2018

Yale backs down over 'fatten up or face expulsion' threat

Yale student Frances Chan refused to force feed herself with junk food to prove she wasn't suffering from an eating disorder
Yale student Frances Chan refused to force feed herself with junk food to prove she wasn't suffering from an eating disorder
Frances Chan

Philip Sherwell New York

A naturally thin student who weighs 6st 8lb and stands 5ft 2in tall has won a battle with Yale University after refusing to force-feed herself with junk food to prove she was not suffering from an eating disorder.

Frances Chan (20) was threatened with expulsion by the Ivy League university for apparently being dangerously underweight.

College medical staff insisted for months that she must gain weight. But they have now backed down after she insisted that her slight physique was her genetic inheritance from her Taiwanese-born parents and grandparents.

"I have never had an eating disorder, but all the pressure from Yale to eat more was making me sick," the third-year history student said.

"I finally just told them that I wasn't going to force-feed myself any more."

Miss Chan's problems began in September when she visited the Yale cancer centre about a breast lump.

That turned out to be benign, but she was summoned back for a follow-up meeting.

A nurse told her that her body mass index (BMI), was dangerously low and that she needed to add some bulk for her health.

"I told them that my whole family is skinny and that I was eating healthily and well," she said.

"But they said that my weight could kill me and that I could be forced to leave college if I did not deal with it."

She was subsequently put through a routine of weigh-ins, blood and urine tests, heart check-ups and mental health counselling.

All the results indicated that she was healthy, as she has always been.

Under her weight-gain diet, she managed to put on just two pounds. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News