A 92-pound Yale history major says the university's health center told her she needed to gain weight or take a leave of absence from school. She's spent the past 6 months trying to put on pounds for her weekly weigh-ins.
"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," she said.
Yale's health services staff also required Chan to meet with a nutritionist and a mental health professional to determine whether she had an eating disorder. Chan, who is 5'2", says she doesn't: Her parents and grandparents also had small frames.
Her argument apparently worked.
Chan said on Facebook that she and her parents are now working with new doctor at Yale, who said the university made a mistake by focusing too much on Chan's weight, and apologized for "months of anguish" caused by the mandate to put on pounds.
A Yale spokesman declined to comment to the Register about the situation, because the university can't publicly discuss an individual student's medical treatment.