Minnesota Fats Are Being Oppressed…in Minnesota.

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Just when you think you have heard it all. This is liberal lunacy at its best.

In celebration of “International No Diet Day,” the school of public health, together with the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and its College of Food and Agriculture, invited Virgie Tovar, a self-proclaimed “fat activist,” to instruct America’s future nutritionists, dietitians and social workers on the finer points of “fat oppression.”

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Tovar’s talk, entitled “Dispelling Myths: Fat, Fatphobia, and Challenging Social Stereotypes,” was designed to help students understand that “fat phobia” is rampant in a “white, heteronormative society” that is looking to actively oppress people with larger body types. Society’s bias against fat people is, apparently, a form of bigotry and discrimination, evident in everything from sexual preferences to the size of seats on public transportation.


She even, reportedly, compared society’s anti-fat culture to so-called “rape culture,” and chastised society for its obsession with what she termed “thin privilege.”

Really? Seriously? So young people getting raped today is the same as people who don’t take control of what they put into their own mouths? You are actually comparing a crime culture to something that is a CHOICE – like putting various kinds and amounts of food into one’s own body?

According to Tovar, the students, who study public health (at one of the top 10 schools for public health),  shouldn’t push people they deem overweight to shed pounds, even if it’s better overall for health. “Weight loss is not a realistic goal for most people,” she said, declaring that exercise and diet are “social constructs.” She implored her audience to “lose hate, not weight” and rebel against “diet culture.” (Diets are, of course, just a tool of the hetero-normative Patriarchy.)

She did not specify how “losing hate” would have the same impact on, say, your chances of dying of heart disease, but we assume she was not referring to any scientific understanding of human anatomy or disease.

No surprise, Tovar, who lists her occupation as “fat activist,” has a Masters in Human Sexuality—with a focus on the “intersection of body size, race and gender”—and taught at the University of California, at Berkeley, where that is considered an actual academic field of study.

So fat phobia is now a form of bigotry – who knew? I guess, THIS is what good money will buy you at a liberal college like UC – Berkeley.

Talk about a waste of good money. Tovar could have taken that $50-60,000 a year and hired a personal trainer who could have actually provided her with a quality education on clean eating, nutrition, exercise and health, and she’d have been a lot better off.

What are we going to have next, an ugly women movement for social justice?  Where do we draw the line? Enough already. Liberals have made fat people victims! This is insane!

In addition, white people are NOT the cause of fat people or even fatphobia. Everyone has choices. Why is it never the individual’s fault? How about we all take action for our own choices?

If I choose to eat healthy, limit my sugar intake, workout 3-5 times a week – does that make me a bigot against fat people? I don’t think so. We ALL have choices. You are what you eat and it has nothing to do with race, religion, or color.




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