Thursday, January 18, 2018

Colleges dropping 'Fat Studies' courses in 2018

The courses, typically taught in women’s studies or sociology departments, teach students about issues such as “weight justice,” “fat liberation,” and “fatness as a social construct.”

But in the wake of widespread criticism of such courses, Campus Reform has discovered that only two of those colleges continue to teach fat studies—Dickinson and OSU.

OSU professor Patti Lou Watkins continues to teach her annual spring “Fat Studies” class examining “weight-based oppression as a social justice issue,” which has only three students currently enrolled.


I personally find this trend extremely hurtful and prejudicial to those of us who are girthonally challenged. People who carry around some extra weight are discriminated against in many ways including microaggressions, which might be termed microaggressions against the macro among us. I say this as I embark on yet another diet, another attempt to conform my behavior to the healthist norms of our cis-normal hetero-patriarchal society.

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Have you tried giving up carbohydrates for breakfast? I've swapped to what I think of as a Dutch breakfast, but without the chocolate sprinkles: Speck (Italian ham) and Caerphilly (Welsh cheese). The cheese is by far the best I've tried for eating so early in the day: I vary the Speck a bit by sometimes eating chorizo instead.

For variety some mornings I'll have fish, or poached eggs. Anyway, no cereal, no toast, no fried bread, nor the like.

So far it's been completely effective at stopping me snacking before lunch. If our scales only worked I could tell you whether I've lost weight.

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 18, 2018 9:34:35 AM