This is heavy: Colleges dropping ‘Fat studies’

(CAMPUS REFORM) — The recent proliferation of “fat studies” courses appears to be running out of steam, with many colleges nixing the classes from their curricula after media backlash.

Within the last two years, Oregon State University (OSU), Tufts University, Dickinson College, Willamette College, the University of Maryland-College Park, and Portland State University have all offered at least one fat studies course.

The courses, typically taught in women’s studies or sociology departments, teach students about issues such as “weight justice,” “fat liberation,” and “fatness as a social construct.”


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