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Yale harasses healthy student over her low weight

Yale falsely diagnosed a student with an eating disorder, and threatened to put her on medical leave if she didn't go through all sorts of tests, and eat a lot of junk food.

I hope she sues them for harassment and wins.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/france...b_4921382.html

Yale University Thinks I Have an Eating Disorder

March 7, 2014

In the past three weeks alone, I have spent ten hours at Yale Health, our student health center. Since December, I have had weekly weigh-ins and urine tests, three blood tests, appointments with a mental health counselor and a nutritionist, and even an EKG done to test my heart. My heart was fine -- as it always has been -- and so was the rest of my body. So what was the problem?

The medical professionals think I have an eating disorder
-- but they won't look past the number on the scale, to see the person right in front in them.

I visited the cancer hospital on September 17, 2013, worrying about a lump in my breast. It turned out to be benign, but I received an email in November from the medical director about "a concern resulting from your recent visit." My stomach lurched. Was the lump malignant after all?

I met with a clinician on December 4 and was told that the "concern" was my low weight and that I would meet with her for weekly weigh-ins. These appointments were not optional. The clinician threatened to put me on medical leave if I did not comply: "If it were up to the administration, school would already be out for you. I'm just trying to help."

I've always been small. I've been 5'2'' and 90 pounds since high school, but it has never led to any illnesses related to low weight or malnutrition. My mom was the same; my whole family is skinny. We all enjoy Mom's fabulous cooking, which included Taiwanese beef noodle soup, tricolor pasta, strawberry cheesecake, and cream puffs, none of which make the Weight Watchers shortlist. I just don't gain weight easily.

Yet the clinicians at Yale Health think there's more to it. Every week, I try to convince my clinician that I am healthy but skinny. Over the past several months, however, I've realized the futility of arguing with her.


"You should try to gain at least two more pounds." (What difference does two pounds make?)

"Come next week to take a blood test to check your electrolytes." (No consideration that I had three exams that week.)

"I know you've said in the past that you don't eat as much when you get stressed out." (I've never said that.)

So instead of arguing, I decided that perhaps the more I complied, the sooner I could resume my normal life.

I was forced to see a mental health professional. She asked me all of the standard questions -- how I felt about my body, how many calories I ate. I told her everyone's body is beautiful, including mine. When I said I didn't know how many calories, since I don't care to count, she rephrased the question, as if that would help.

Next step was a nutritionist. The nurse passed a post-it note, saying "Here are two times for the nutritionist next Tuesday. Usually it takes three months to get into nutrition at all." What a privilege! Now I get to feel guilty about using clinical resources in desperately short supply!

Finally, I decided to start a weight-gain diet. If I only had to gain two pounds, it was worth a shot to stop the trouble. I asked my health-conscious friends what they do to remain slim and did the exact opposite. In addition to loading up on carbs for each meal, I've eaten 3-4 scoops of ice cream twice a day with chocolate, cookies, or Cheetos at bedtime. I take elevators instead of stairs wherever possible.

Eventually, the scale said I was two pounds heavier. When I saw her last Friday, I felt my stomach tighten, my heart racing. Would I finally be granted parole?

"You've gained two pounds, but that still isn't enough. Ideally, you should go up to 95 pounds." I hung my head in disbelief. I've already shared with you the memorable exchange that followed.

She had finally cracked me. I was Sisyphus the Greek king, forever trapped trying uselessly to push a boulder up a hill. Being forced to meet a standard that I could never meet was stressful and made me resent meals. I broke down sobbing in my dean's office, in my suitemate's arms afterwards, and Saturday morning on the phone with my parents. At this rate, I was well on my way to developing an eating disorder before anyone could diagnose the currently nonexistent one.

It seems Yale has a history of forcing its students through this process. A Yale Herald piece from 2010 told the story of students in similar situations. It's disturbing how little things have changed. "Stacy" was "informed that if she kept failing to reach [Yale Health]'s goals for her, she would be withdrawn for the following semester." Unfortunately, "the more she stressed out about gaining weight, the more she lost her appetite."

Furthermore, a recent graduate messaged me saying that her cholesterol had actually gone up due to the intensive weight-gain diet she used to release herself from weekly weigh-ins.


It is clear that the University does care about students suspected of struggling with eating disorders. And it should. Eating disorders are particularly prevalent on college campuses and Yale is no exception. However, because the University blindly uses BMI as the primary means of diagnosis, it remains oblivious to students who truly need help but do not have low enough BMIs. Instead, it subjects students who have a personal and family history of low weight to treatment that harms our mental health. By forcing standards upon us that we cannot meet, the University plays the same role as fashion magazines and swimsuit calendars that teach us about the "correct shape" of the human body.

I was scheduled to have a mental health appointment at 9:00 a.m. and a weigh-in at 10:30 a.m. this past Friday. But I'm done. No more weigh-ins, no more blood draws. I don't have an eating disorder, and I will not let Yale Health cause me to develop one. If Yale wants to kick me out, let them try -- in the meantime, I'll be studying for midterms, doing my best to make up for lost time.
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Re: Yale harasses healthy student over her low weight

That sounds pretty terrible, but the joke will be on her when she dies sometime in the next 80 years!
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Re: Yale harasses healthy student over her low weight

I'm generally not in favor of society enforcing all of its values onto individuals, but how else are we going to keep our place in the world as the most obese nation?

Especially with Asian girls who may be genetically and culturally predisposed to being more thin, we may have to use stronger tactics. Come on man, we've got Mexico and the UK right on our heels!
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She may not eat much but she posts some awesome food on facebook.
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This could never happen to me!
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Heh. So grundle isn't a chubbie chaser...Pretty surprising. Must have been all the People of Walmart pics that threw me off.
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That picture is too small. Can you make it larger? If not, I'm going to have to report you. You may even end up on moderator probation!
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I could maybe see it if she was white but she's asian. Now If I can just get my wife down to 90lbs!
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I'm not saying Yale is right here but this is the kind of article someone in denial about their eating disorder would write.

I used to work at the gym at my college. There was one student that would come into the gym at least twice a day and work out for about 3 hours a day. I used to see her all the time and never thought she had any type of eating disorder. She wasn't too skinny, just in really good shape. God also blessed her with a spectacular rack. Another one of the student employees noticed how often she was in the gym and mentioned it to a supervisor. Turns out that student had an eating disorder. I don't know what steps were taken after that but last I heard she was doing much better. But the school stepped in and helped her out. So maybe Yale isn't doing the wrong thing.
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I wonder if Yale does this for their overweight students. The article only mentions cases of underweight students.
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I wonder if Yale does this for their overweight students. The article only mentions cases of underweight students.
I was thinking it would be too un-PC to bully a tubby this way and they wouldn't dare.
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I was thinking it would be too un-PC to bully a tubby this way and they wouldn't dare.
Hmmm. Has anyone here visited the Yale campus lately? Maybe they could weigh-in on what they could see.
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Be funny if she was a transsexual and grundle was stuck defending her
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5' 2" and 90 lbs is too thin, just based on BMI alone. That's a 16.5 BMI. Normal BMI is 18.5-24.9.

Yes, I know BMI has issues, but that's on the opposite end of the scale with people having a lot of muscle mass being inaccurately calculated as overweight. This girl doesn't have that issue. There is no issue I am aware of where BMI could inaccurately calculate someone as underweight.

On the last season of the Biggest Loser, the winning contestant was 5' 4" and 105 lbs for a BMI of 18.0. It was very obvious that contestant had gone too far and lost too much weight. She looked pretty bad, all skin and bones, and that was with an 18.0 BMI. 16.5 would be even worse.

I'm not saying Yale is right for interfering where help isn't wanted, but it certainly sounds like this girl is too thin.

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I would advise her to stay in bed for 5 years.
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Not bad, I agree that Yale should go after the fatties instead.
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Skinny Asian girl? Impossible!
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I'm not saying Yale is right here but this is the kind of article someone in denial about their eating disorder would write.

I used to work at the gym at my college. There was one student that would come into the gym at least twice a day and work out for about 3 hours a day. I used to see her all the time and never thought she had any type of eating disorder. She wasn't too skinny, just in really good shape. God also blessed her with a spectacular rack. Another one of the student employees noticed how often she was in the gym and mentioned it to a supervisor. Turns out that student had an eating disorder. I don't know what steps were taken after that but last I heard she was doing much better. But the school stepped in and helped her out. So maybe Yale isn't doing the wrong thing.
Bulimia isn't just binge eating and then throwing up, it's actually any behavior where you have to get rid of those calories, and that includes exercise. My male roommate will eat a 4 pack of ice-cream drumsticks in one sitting, and then go to the gym for 90 minutes. That behavior counts.

And yes, that would mean just about every celebrity, model, and professional athlete has a eating disorder.

The Yale thing is tricky. How many inconvenienced students are needed to outweigh (hehe) the one student they save? Clearly they need to make some effort, however I think they over-stepped that effort by a large degree.
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They may have gone overboard, but I'm glad they didn't ignore when they thought there was an issue.
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Bulimia isn't just binge eating and then throwing up, it's actually any behavior where you have to get rid of those calories, and that includes exercise. My male roommate will eat a 4 pack of ice-cream drumsticks in one sitting, and then go to the gym for 90 minutes. That behavior counts.

And yes, that would mean just about every celebrity, model, and professional athlete has a eating disorder.

The Yale thing is tricky. How many inconvenienced students are needed to outweigh (hehe) the one student they save? Clearly they need to make some effort, however I think they over-stepped that effort by a large degree.
So everyone who eats that ice cream sandwich and says to themselves, "Guess I'll do an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill tomorrow," has an eating disorder?
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Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
I'm not saying Yale is right here but this is the kind of article someone in denial about their eating disorder would write.

I used to work at the gym at my college. There was one student that would come into the gym at least twice a day and work out for about 3 hours a day. I used to see her all the time and never thought she had any type of eating disorder. She wasn't too skinny, just in really good shape. God also blessed her with a spectacular rack. Another one of the student employees noticed how often she was in the gym and mentioned it to a supervisor. Turns out that student had an eating disorder. I don't know what steps were taken after that but last I heard she was doing much better. But the school stepped in and helped her out. So maybe Yale isn't doing the wrong thing.
usually asian females don't have spectacular rack; most are mosquito bites tits.

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