Great use of medical health records, don’t you think?

The 20-year-old history major has spent the past few months sparring with Yale’s health center over her low weight. Chan is 5’2” and 92 lbs., and Yale doctors were concerned her health was severely at risk.

She contended that she’s always been very thin, as were her parents and grandparents at her age.

Yet until Friday, Yale had been telling Chan she might be forced to leave school if she didn’t put on some pounds.

This young woman ate all kinds of fatty, unhealthy foods to pack on the pounds.


“It’s something we need to bring attention to,” Chan said. “I don’t want to get kicked out of school, but no one, so far, has been willing to stand up for me.”
The root of the problem, Chan said, was that Yale placed too much emphasis on the body mass index as the guiding measure of a person’s health. Body mass index, or BMI, is a number determined by a person’s weight and height. It is often used as a screening tool for a variety of possible weight problems in adults.

The nanny state wants to record your smoking habits as well as your BMI.  If your doc doesn’t chastise you about that weight or smoking, they are penalized now.

Think about all those pesky questions that you are now asked.  I’m fairly sure that your doc believes that as an adult, you can make a responsible choice about your lifestyle.  I’m sure the doc means well, but seriously why does the nanny state believe that I will bank on the physician’s last word?  It’s not as if I don’t see the extra in the mirror in the morning.