Since 2006, students at Lincoln University near Philadelphia have been required to take a class called "Fitness for Life" to graduate. The catch: not all students have to take the class. If a student's Body Mass Index (BMI) is below 30, he or she is exempt. (A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9) But for students whose BMI is over 30, the class is mandatory. It meets 3 hours a week and involves physical activity as well as information on nutrition, stress, and sleep. University officials say they're being proactive and addressing the issue of obesity head-on. But some students say its discrimination based on weight.
What do you think?
Is it fair for this university to require students with high BMIs to take a fitness course?
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