Transcript for Student Says Yale Pressured Her to Gain Weight
And we continue with the Yale student who became a junk food junkie, because the ivy league school thought she was too thin. And demanded she gain weight or leave the university. The young woman wrote a provocative article about her struggle with weight and the school. ABC's Mara schiavocampo has the story. Reporter: New claims this morning about an ivy league school and a student body. Frances CHAN, claiming she felt forced to eat large amounts of food because she says school officials believed she had an eating disorder and needed to gain weight. Writing in "The Huffington post," quote, they won't look past the number on the scale to see the person in front of them. Eating disorders are common among people that are high achievers. Reporter: At 5'2" and 92 pounds, CHAN is small. Though, she says she's healthy. After a medical checkup in September, she says university officials threatened to put her on medical leave if she didn't agree to weekly mandatory weigh-ins and medical appointments because they told her her weight was too low. If someone has an eating disorder, there will be a red flag raised according to the body mass index. But you have to look at other factors. Look at someone's diet. Their exercise level. Whether they have health issues. Reporter: Chan says she started stuffing herself with carbs and junk food daily to gain weight. Including, three to four scoops of ice cream, several times a day. The result, just two pounds. She says, not enough for school officials. Chan says, that's when she refused to swallow their rules anymore. Writing, quote, I don't have an eating disorder. And I will not let Yale health cause me to develop one. In a statement, Yale says they can't comment on individual students' cases. But that, quote, the health and welfare for all of our students is our primary concern. Chan says a new doctor is now using more than just her weight to evaluate her. And Yale has agreed to let her stay in school, with check-ins every semester. One student eager to focus on school, rather than the scale. For "Good morning America," Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, New York.
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