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- Apr 30, 2006
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Oregon State University professor Patti Lou Watkins is once again offering the course that seeks to study 'weightism'
- Weightism is a conscious or unconscious bias against fat people, and is a social justice issue
- The intersectional feminist class will teach students how to engage in instrumental activism to 'counter weightism perpetuated throughout various societal institutions'
- The 'war on obesity', the professor notes, has caused immense psychological harm on people who have attempted to lose weight.
'My course now frames body image disturbances more as a function of oppressive societal structures than of individual pathology.'
OSU also offers fat acceptance-related class called 'Women, Weight, and Body Image,' which navigates 'weightism as a system of oppression that interacts with other forms of oppression.'