A Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado-Denver has filmed a TEDx Talk on the unfairness of “thin privilege” and how there needs to be more “fat acceptance” in society rather than “internalized fatism.”
According to Madison Krall, an instructor and Ph.D. student studying health and medicine, if you’re thin you gain “unearned benefits” and will most likely have “internalized fatism.”
“Here’s the thing about privilege – it’s invisible,” she claimed in her recent TEDx Talk. “As an undergraduate, I realized I was receiving all these benefits for being thin, which I had taken for granted, not knowing the discrimination that fat people endure.”
“Most people have internalized fatism which leads to mental and physical destruction at the personal level and also shows up in the world in the forms of prejudice and discrimination we normally consider: name-calling, bullying, body- and food shaming,” she told Campus Reform while claiming bullying fat people leads to “mental and physical destruction.”
To combat ‘fat-shaming’, Krall asks individuals to change the way they interact with fat people.
“Stop laughing at fat jokes,” she suggests. “Stop judging people for their food choices. Stop criminalizing food.”
Krall also called for people to join the “fat acceptance movement,” but not the “body positive movement,” as the latter excludes fat people.
“You cannot be body positive if you do not love fat bodies, and by fat bodies, I do not mean fat bodies that are determined to be ‘healthy’ by societal standards,” she said while talking to Campus Reform. “If you are a member of the body positivity movement, you should also be an advocate for the fat acceptance movement, regardless of your own outward appearance.”
According to Campus Reform, Krall cannot wait for the day that “all bodies are accepted as good bodies.”
“Weight discrimination needs to end, and I recognize it is an upward battle, but I am hopeful that in time more people will see the pervasiveness of fat oppression,” she adds.
“The impacts of discrimination are far-reaching, but we can create a society where all bodies are treated as equal,” she said during the conclusion of her TEDx Talk.
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