Bradley University Promotes 'Fat Acceptance' While U.S. Obesity Rate Tops 33 Countries

| by Michael Allen
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Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, is promoting 'fat acceptance" on its campus in an effort to end what it calls "fatism."

The effort is part of "The Body Project," which was created by the "Women’s Studies Program of Bradley University in cooperation with the University’s Center for Wellness and Department of Sociology," according to the university's website.

The project seeks to "work toward goals which promote size diversity," and rejects an "ideal" body size on the claim that height and weight tables were created per "Caucasian body types" while "genetically distinct body types of people of color" were not considered, adds the university website.

The website also states, "Fat acceptance means that large people love and accept themselves the way they are," and cites the "sense of self-confidence, well-being, and better health that comes from loving and accepting their bodies frees them to live and enjoy life to the full."

However, the Centers for Disease Control notes that obesity raises people's risk of having numerous health problems including: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, strokes, ailments.

Another page on the university website describes “fatism” as "weight discrimination," which leads to "devastating consequences." The university says that American "overweight women suffer the preponderance of weight-based discrimination."

The Washington Examiner notes that a new report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Oct. 20 found that the U.S. tops 33 countries (in the Americas, Asia and Europe) in obesity.

A whopping 35 percent of Americans are obese, according to the report. The U.S. also has the most obese and overweight children at 38 percent, and the most unhealthy teens with 22 percent.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control, Bradley University (2) (3), Washington Examiner / Photo Credit: Bradley University Media Handout