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Student Yale ice cream: 20 y/o student told to gain weight by Yale University

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A student at Yale resorted to eating ice cream two times a day after she was told by the university that she was "too thin" -- and it gets worse. On April 9, The Christian Science Monitor reported that 20-year-old Frances Chan was given an ultimatum of sorts: Gain weight or leave school. Chan is 5'2" and weighs 92 pounds -- she has always been thin but her doctor says she is "healthy."

"It felt really bad to be this powerless. 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," Chan explained.

The student at Yale ate ice cream religiously -- but she says that she no longer has to. On Friday of last week, university officials admitted that they had "made a mistake" and that they no longer believed that Chan had an eating disorder. This comes after mandatory weekly weigh-ins that caused Chan a great deal of stress and anxiety.

This has been going on for a month but Chan is now free to eat and act normally. Yale University declined comment, siting a medical privacy policy. With about 25% of college students diagnosed with eating disorders each year, this sort of thing is serious -- but how far is too far?

Is a student at Yale forcing ice cream down her throat twice a day just because she didn't want to get thrown out of school acceptable?

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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