Student: Yale relents on making her gain weight

Student: Yale relents on making her gain weight

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Yale student says the school has dropped its months-long demand that she gain weight or leave the university.

History major Frances Chan, 22, told the New Haven Register that her new Yale physician told her on Friday that university officials made a mistake and no longer believe she has an eating disorder. She had been stuffing her face with ice cream and other snacks to try to gain weight.

Chan is 5-feet-2-inches tall and 92 pounds. She says she's always been very thin but healthy.

She says Yale Health officials had placed too much emphasis on body-mass index as a health indicator, but her new doctor acknowledged that BMI isn't the only significant factor.

Yale spokesman Tom Conroy says the university cannot comment because of medical privacy regulations.

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