The United States leads the world in numbers of obese adults, teens and children. 33% of the adult population is considered morbidly obese, which is equivalent to 58 million people and is seriously dangerous to one’s health.
Despite the risks and even the federal government’s ‘efforts’ to push healthy eating initiatives, Campus Reform reports one university wants its students to believe that there is nothing wrong with being fat.
As part of Bradley University’s “Body Project,” the university in Peoria, Illinois is trying to combat “fatism” by advocating for what it calls “fat acceptance.”
The university claims that unrealistic body standards take a significant toll on fat people and can lead to “fatism, which they explain as “weight discrimination.” The university says it is “a serious problem with devastating consequences both for the individuals who are discriminated against and for society as a whole.”
In order to combat the “devastating consequences” of “fatism,” the university wants its “large people” to learn “fat acceptance,” which the university defines as “large people love and accept themselves the way they are.”
The university argues that “fatism” is in part caused by unreal body ideals that focus too much on white people. “Height and weight tables delineating ‘ideal’ body proportions are based on Caucasian body types,” the university claims. “The genetically distinct body types of people of color are not considered in the formulation of ‘ideal proportions.’”
According to the university, the fact that fat people “are commonly advised to lose weight regardless of their state of health” is a clear example of “weight prejudice” from doctors.
The university goes on to claim that “advances in the fat acceptance movement” have already begun to “empower large people and give them strength to be who they are in a society that isn’t nearly large enough for them.”
The university even goes so far as to encourage students to give up on trying to lose weight. “Weight loss methods prove to be ineffective for most people, and may in fact pose serious health risks making the cure for obesity worse than the condition itself,” the school says.
The Body Project, which is the product of a joint effort from the university’s Women’s Studies Program, Center for Wellness, and Department of Sociology, aims to promote “awareness and acceptance of the human body in all its shapes and sizes.”
However, what it’s really doing is trying to keep Americans fat and help those struggling to develop healthier habits justify just one more of those chocolate donuts.