UNC’s lifetime fitness requirement is a hindrance to students but serves as a productive way to raise awareness among students about the dangers of unhealthy eating and lack of exercise.
But LFIT isn’t perfect, and Embody Carolina should be praised and emulated in the way its members have critiqued the class and worked to make it better without compromising the organization’s core message.
It is always important to teach about health issues and about eating healthy foods. However, for some, learning about these topics does not lead to healthier decisions; it leads to even worse habits.
Currently, many college students have disordered eating habits or eating disorders. These habits develop due to the pressures our society places on having an “ideal image.”
So while LFIT exists for a good purpose, the course’s emphasis in one section on calorie-counting might have unintentionally stigmatized students.