Woke Uni wants to ban the word 'obesity' because focusing on body size is 'rooted in racism'

Woke Uni wants to ban the word 'obesity' because focusing on body size is 'rooted in racism'

Multiple woke academics now claim the word 'obesity' is racist and should be dropped in favor of 'people with larger bodies.' 

The University of Illinois Chicago's school of public health published a health brief titled: 'Addressing weight stigma and fatphobia in public health' that explored 'the association between racism, weight, and health.'

According to Amanda Montgomery RD, public health's focus on preventing obesity has brought in an increase of negative attitudes towards 'people with larger bodies' - her preferred alternative term - and is currently one of the only socially acceptable forms of discrimination. 

The brief claims that public health approaches related to obesity can be harmful because of the focus on one outcome - weight loss- and because it tends to ignore the root cause of the issue. 

Academics say many of the causes are rooted in discrimination borne of settlers driving Native Americans off their land, then forcing black and Hispanic workers to farm that land for low pay.  

America is the fattest country in the western world with an estimated 40 percent of people — or 138 million — being obese. It is followed by New Zealand (30 percent), Canada (29.4 percent) and Australia (29 percent).

Doctors say obesity is triggered by consuming more calories than are burned in a day, typically from fatty and sugary foods. It is becoming a bigger problem in modern life because of more sedentary lifestyles.

But according to the brief the focus on body size is rooted in racism, claiming that previously a majority of societies actually favored larger bodies but that all changed due to racism and eugenics.

In addition, the brief says that although nutrition and exercise are important, racism within the food environment is also a cause of obesity among minorities.  

'As presented by Soul Fire Farm, the U.S. food system is built on stolen land using stolen labor from Black and Latinx indigenous people,' the brief says. 'Not only has this created a large scale food apartheid and trauma for people indigenous to this land, it has caused a disconnection of indigenous people from their cultural practices and identities.' 

Most recently the Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston hosted a lecture on fatphobia and racism. 

At the lecture University of California, Irvine associate professor Sabrina Strings spoke about the racist roots of fatphobia, which she claims goes all the way back to slavery. 

In her lecture the associate professor argued that the medical field 'took up the mantle of anti-fatness as a result of social and cultural shifts in thinking about race and feminine propriety in the early 20th century.'