Social ideologies about race and oppression have begun to permeate every aspect of American society. Regardless of one’s views on systemic racism, everyone should be concerned about a new and dangerous movement within medicine. While seeking to promote inclusion, it has, unfortunately, put wokeness and political correctness above science and facts. This is unacceptable when people’s health and lives are on the line.
The University of Illinois – Chicago made headlines after publishing a resource guide claiming that obesity is rooted in racism. Amanda Montgomery, a research assistant and author of the controversial resource, wrote that the idea of obesity as a bad thing is merely cultural. She claims that “Fatness and differing body characteristics were used to justify lack of civilization” and the idea was used “as a way to justify slavery, racism and classism, and control women through ‘temperance.’”
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