(HeatStreet) The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health was a lot less healthy this week.
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."
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.
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