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College Takes on Anti-Fatness ‘Oppression’ and ‘Ableist’ Grading in Radical Course Overhaul

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Will Americans of the future be those who always watch their weight? One university in the Southwest is prepared to stop this.

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is introducing a new three-credit course for Spring 2024 focusing on a pressing societal issue: anti-fatness. This course seeks to address the societal constructs that label fatness as negative, associating it with characteristics such as disease, laziness, and gluttony. Through an exploration of these structural forces, Introduction to Fat Studies aims to challenge and deconstruct the prevailing notions that perpetuate anti-fat attitudes.

Does this seem to be the case?

Explore the roots and history of anti-fatness to discover the benefits of capitalism.

The university does not seem to understand capitalism.

UNM experts will say that UNM is not only scholarly but also woke. The university is so woke that it tends to pluralize incorrectly.

The course will examine how anti-fatness affects people of all sizes, including those who are obese. The course will examine the anti-fatness impact on fat people (and those of all sizes!)

Talking about scholarship

This course uses articles, book chapters, online articles, and poetry to reflect the interdisciplinarity of…

Includes black studies, gender and women studies, and postcolonial studies.

The class will cover “Health of all sizes” and “body positivity”, as well as “fat liberationist movements”.

The UNM is a good example of a company that has kept up with the times.

Despite all the benefits of being gigantic, there are potential counters to the buffet of perks. Consider a small serving of increased risk, as shoveled by CDC.gov:

  • Mortality (all Causes of Death)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dyslipidemia can be characterized by a high LDL level, a low HDL level, or a high triglyceride level.
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage or bones in the joint are destroyed.
  • Sleep Apnea & Breathing Issues
  • Several types of cancer
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental disorders like anxiety, depression, and clinical depression
  • Physical dysfunction and pain in the body

UNM aims for students to cultivate empathy for the challenges faced by individuals with larger bodies. Through a reported exercise in the course, students are encouraged to consider not only the accessibility of spaces for themselves but also for those with larger bodies or less mobility.

This class is part of the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

Although the course might seem simple, the Ph.D. students who teach it do not believe in grades.

According to her syllabus:

You will notice I have chosen not to grade…participation or attendance because I believe that doing so is ableist.

A portly thing…

All grades have an ableist…

The notion of social construction has become a hot topic in America. Public enemy No. 1 is empowerment. The first enemy is colonialism. Next comes marginalization, unreasonable expectations, and victimization.

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