university students are given credit for shedding pounds

Vastavam web: A university in eastern China has launched a weigh-loss course where students are awarded marks for taking walks in the park and eating vegetables. The course, which is available only to those with a body mass index higher than 28, was introduced by the the Nanjing Agricultural University to tackle a growing obesity crisis in China’s youth. Sixty per cent of students’ grades will be determined by how much weight they lose. If they lose seven per cent of their starting weight they automatically get a perfect score. Fifty students have enrolled in the year-long course where they are encouraged to lose weight through a combination of regular exercise and diet control.  The university trialled weight-loss classes after finding that its students are getting heavier, with nearly 13 per cent of those in first and second year overweight.