November 11, 2012
In the Cafeteria and Beyond, Colleges Take On Obesity
Deciding to teach healthful living is easy; actually doing so can raise questions about intrusiveness
Jason Greene for The Chronicle
College students are a generally healthy lot. But as they grow heavier each year, reflecting the national rise in obesity rates, campus officials are trying to promote healthier habits—and, they hope, mitigate the impact of a sobering trend.
More than one-third of college students have a body-mass index, the main measurement for obesity, that classifies them as overweight or obese, according to the American College Health Association. And childhood-obesity rates keep going