Oxbridge interview weight bias?

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    Hey, I just got my GCSE results (9A*s) and am thinking about applying to Oxbridge next year. I'm male and I weigh nearly 17 stone and I'm a bit above average height. I've gained about two stone in the last year so I'd be about 19 stone by the time interviews came around. I'm just wondering if being fat would affect my chances of getting in, in any way, no matter how small.

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    (Original post by venividicenavi)
    Hey, I just got my GCSE results (9A*s) and am thinking about applying to Oxbridge next year. I'm male and I weigh nearly 17 stone and I'm a bit above average height. I've gained about two stone in the last year so I'd be about 19 stone by the time interviews came around. I'm just wondering if being fat would affect my chances of getting in, in any way, no matter how small.

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    No, it won't.
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    WTF? Why would you even think this was an issue?
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    (Original post by Duncan2012)
    WTF? Why would you even think this was an issue?
    I can imagine the interviewer thinking something along the lines of "he's too lazy to lose weight so won't work hard at the degree" or "he's not clever enough to realise that he needs to lose weight".
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    (Original post by venividicenavi)
    I can imagine the interviewer thinking something along the lines of "he's too lazy to lose weight so won't work hard at the degree" or "he's not clever enough to realise that he needs to lose weight".
    You got 9A*. You're obviously clever. That's all they'll see.

    On a completely separate note, there's nothing stopping you losing weight this year if you wanted to.
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    (Original post by Duncan2012)
    You got 9A*. You're obviously clever. That's all they'll see.

    On a completely separate note, there's nothing stopping you losing weight this year if you wanted to.
    That's good. Yeah I know but I'm fairly active but I like to eat a lot. At this point my weight isn't really affecting my health because I play rugby fairly frequently, so there's little incentive to lose weight, given that I enjoy eating a lot and losing weight would be difficult.
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    (Original post by venividicenavi)
    That's good. Yeah I know but I'm fairly active but I like to eat a lot. At this point my weight isn't really affecting my health because I play rugby fairly frequently, so there's little incentive to lose weight, given that I enjoy eating a lot and losing weight would be difficult.
    That's pretty crap reasoning for someone supposedly intelligent enough for Cambridge. It's not going to get any easier to lose weight as you get older, and rugby will get tougher as you get bigger.
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    (Original post by venividicenavi)
    That's good. Yeah I know but I'm fairly active but I like to eat a lot. At this point my weight isn't really affecting my health because I play rugby fairly frequently, so there's little incentive to lose weight, given that I enjoy eating a lot and losing weight would be difficult.
    A lot must be an understatement.

    A healthy diet would also mean you'll almost definitely be better academically.
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    (Original post by venividicenavi)
    Hey, I just got my GCSE results (9A*s) and am thinking about applying to Oxbridge next year. I'm male and I weigh nearly 17 stone and I'm a bit above average height. I've gained about two stone in the last year so I'd be about 19 stone by the time interviews came around. I'm just wondering if being fat would affect my chances of getting in, in any way, no matter how small.

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    And I was expecting a question about how much importance does Oxbridge give the interview...

    (BTW, just because you gained 2 stones last year doesn't mean you will continue to gain 2 stones every year, otherwise you're going to need new rugby kit.)

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    And I was expecting a question about how much importance does Oxbridge give the interview...

    (BTW, just because you gained 2 stones last year doesn't mean you will continue to gain 2 stones every year.)

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    Haha I know....I was expecting a 'how important are interviews' question.

    And then I thought this was a wind up
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    That's pretty crap reasoning for someone supposedly intelligent enough for Cambridge. It's not going to get any easier to lose weight as you get older, and rugby will get tougher as you get bigger.
    I know but with exams and all that I don't want to lose weight now and I'm probably going to quit rugby soon anyway because of A-Level revision next year
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    A lot must be an understatement.

    A healthy diet would also mean you'll almost definitely be better academically.
    Hahaha, what can I say, I like to eat. (I also started a food diary today for unrelated reasons)
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    (Original post by venividicenavi)
    Hahaha, what can I say, I like to eat. (I also started a food diary today for unrelated reasons)
    You can still eat nice food and lose weight. Eat lean meat and control your portion sizes.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    And I was expecting a question about how much importance does Oxbridge give the interview...

    (BTW, just because you gained 2 stones last year doesn't mean you will continue to gain 2 stones every year, otherwise you're going to need new rugby kit.)

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    Haha yeah I know but I gained about two and a half pounds last month which projects forward accordingly. Hahahaha I often have to buy new kit but the shorts I have currently are elasticated so stretch really comfortably
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    (Original post by alow)
    You can still eat nice food and lose weight. Eat lean meat and control your portion sizes.
    I do have a pretty big appetite though, like I'm hungry all the time and it takes quite a lot of food before I'm full
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    (Original post by venividicenavi)
    I know but with exams and all that I don't want to lose weight now and I'm probably going to quit rugby soon anyway because of A-Level revision next year
    A healthy body helps a healthy mind. Best not to drop a sport. Especially a winter sport.

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    Haha I know....I was expecting a 'how important are interviews' question.

    And then I thought this was a wind up
    Why'd you think that?
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    (Original post by venividicenavi)
    I do have a pretty big appetite though, like I'm hungry all the time and it takes quite a lot of food before I'm full
    Then you need to have some willpower. Your body will adjust to getting less food.
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    Probably, weight bias is a common thing in all aspects of life. Yet another reason to lose weight.
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    (Original post by alow)
    Then you need to have some willpower. Your body will adjust to getting less food.
    I've tried before to cut back but it always comes back on (due to bad family habits) and my appetite never seeming to die back. I also really really enjoy eating and it's not really a problem while I'm still playing sports and being reasonably healthy
 
 
 
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