Leftists have decided that telling fat people they need to lose weight is now a “social justice issue” that must be addressed.
To that end, folks at Oregon State University are offering a college course called “Fat Studies” that actually teaches students exactly that – “fat shaming” is bad and must be stamped out.
The idea is to create an entire new class of downtrodden people: the obese. They plan to “examine whether weightism” is a “system of oppression” much like “sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism and ageism.”
According to a syllabus for the course obtained by Campus Reform, students will examine “body weight, shape, and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability.”
If your doctor tells you that you’re too fat an need to lose weight, they’re engaging in “fat shaming,” they say, and it’s a “microaggression.”
Students enrolled in her Fat Studies course will be presented with opportunities to explore “forms of activism used to counter weightism perpetuated throughout various societal institutions.”
To continue the tongue-twisting nonsense, they also “frame weight-based oppression as a social justice issue, exploring forms of activism used to counter weightism perpetuated throughout various societal institutions.”
This isn’t the only class offered at Oregon State University that focuses on fat women. There’s another three-credit course called “Women, Weight and Body Image” that students can take. It also examines “weightism as a system of oppression that interacts with other systems of oppression.”
This is the latest trend among the Social Justice Warrior crowd. Joan Chrisler, a psychology professor at Connecticut College, said “sizeism” is like “racism” and can be just as harmful. She made her remarks during a convention of the American Psychological Association.
“Research has shown that doctors repeatedly advise weight loss for fat patients while recommending CAT scans, blood work or physical therapy for other, average weight patients,” said the professor, who stated that in some cases doctors wrongly assume that their obesity is the cause of symptoms they experience.
“Thus, they could jump to conclusions or fail to run appropriate tests, which results in misdiagnosis,” she said.
Telling fat patients to adopt healthier lifestyles, lose weight, and exercise can make fat people feel bad about themselves and can cause “psychological stress.” These are examples of “microaggressions,” she said.