Did Bryn Mawr Engage in 'Fat Shaming'?

February 2, 2015

Bryn Mawr College is taking a lot of heat for an e-mail it sent recently inviting students with "elevated" body mass index numbers to join a group that would offer fitness and nutrition advice. Philly.com noted that many women took offense at the invitations, saying that they had never indicated to the college's health service that they wanted such a group for themselves. Some have accused the college of "fat shaming," and of invading students' privacy. A college spokesman said that Bryn Mawr uses records that are maintained confidentially to reach out to students who may benefit from a particular health program. The same program has been offered without complaint in the past, and some students have taken to Facebook to say it was a valuable program (while generally saying that the college should let students identify themselves for participation).


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