Scholar Claims ‘Thin Privilege’ Is Unfair, Calls For More ‘Fat Acceptance’

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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  1. Rob Patriot

    October 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    If they have a medical, not mental, disorder that leads to them being fat, fine. If they choose to eat 80 jelly donuts a day and then complain that they’re ridiculed, they only have themselves to blame.

    Society as a whole cannot and should not accept bad choices and call them good, especially when those choices lead to pain and death, not only for the person making the choice, but for the rest of us as well. If you’re dying because of your eating habits, and insurance has to pay to treat you, my insurance goes up because of your choices. I can no longer afford insurance. I have cancer that goes untreated because coverage is $700+/month. Your fat ass is costing me my life.

    Yes, I will shame and ridicule. I was fat once. I chose to change.

  2. Steve O

    October 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    They don’t have these problems in socialist utopias.
    Just sayin’.

  3. Paul

    October 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Gravity privilege!

    • Lbt

      October 7, 2017 at 3:22 am

      Gravity tax.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      October 7, 2017 at 10:37 am


  4. I_heard_Buddy_Bolden_Say

    October 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Uh…she’s not thin, she’s describing herself as thin and that’s a lie. She’s about right at the edge of the BMI range, ten more pounds and she’d be clinically overweight.

    Being overweight just means you weigh more than you should, being fat means you weight a lot more than you should and obese means it’s getting seriously critical that you lose weight. And despite all the lies, with extra weight you don’t look as attractive, you just don’t. As someone who’s battled that 20 lb range my whole life, I can admit that, and not politicize it. When I don’t watch it it goes on, then I rein it in and take it off. I find I gain about every eight years during some period where I let my guard down. So that’s it, it’s still my responsibility. It’s tough for many of us to watch our weight, you can’t eat bread, you have to look at every nutritional label of everything you buy, it’s hard. But that’s it, you’ve got one metabolism, you can’t trade it out, you have to eat according to what it is.

    These studies and statistics are SJW nonsense. You can get breast exams if you’re fat, you just have trouble getting insured.

    TED talks is the snottiest horse $hit ever. You have to be invited to buy a ticket, if you’re what these SJWs consider smart enough, leaders in thought. It’s an SJW cess pool.

  5. Conservatarian

    October 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Stop telling people what to do. Stop worrying about what others think or say about you. Get a life. Get a real problem.

  6. SingleCut

    October 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    The title of the article needs to be revised. Please replace “Scholar” with “Moron”.
    What’s going on in this country anyway? Is the fluoride in the drinking water turning people into moronic a$$holes, or what? I can’t believe the things people come out with these days. 60 years these people would have been placed in straightjackets and shipped off to mental asylums…

  7. NewEnglandWatcher

    October 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    She needs to move to the Third World, especially Africa. She’ll find all the fact acceptance for females that she wants!

  8. True.Epic.Crusader

    October 6, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    She’s butthurt because people have standards and don’t want to f* ck her. No man wants to touch her and it keeps her awake crying at night.

  9. CrusadaB

    October 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Is she kidding? I’m thin. And I have priviledge??? Women won’t stand by me in a department store because I’m thin. My friends say…you’re so skinny. Not EVEN going to talk about what men say. This professor has too much time on her hands.

  10. Hairatic Rick

    October 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Cut off all Federal funding to schools that turnout these ❄imbeciles!❄ Do some real good with the money … Open fat camps⁉

  11. Hairatic Rick

    October 6, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    She is too fat for me to date ????

  12. Hairatic Rick

    October 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Internalized fatism: when one fat person eats another fat person ⁉

  13. Jo

    October 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm


  14. Pat Patrix

    October 6, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    We haven’t been conditioned to dislike fat people, it’s biological. From an evolutionary standpoint they are an abomination. At no other time in history have people been so disgustingly obese, there simply weren’t enough cheap, plentiful, and available calories to get fat. An obese person would have either lead a disconnected and opulent life separate from the common masses or had some sort of disease that caused the condition. Neither situations are conducive to propagating the species. It is unnatural and so naturally we will find it disgusting unless we ourselves are genetically inferior.

  15. Lbt

    October 7, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I claim IQ/Edu Privilege is unfair!! stop demeaning us with your cleverness, just accept we’re stupid and have no interest in your so called “scholarly claims”. Should introduce a word tax, or maybe an app that auto-fines you whenever you say anything too clever, that’ll learn you.

  16. PaulMurrayCbr

    October 7, 2017 at 4:34 am

    How does the professor feel about dead bodies? Because that’s what fat bodies tend to become.

    • Biking Golfer

      October 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

      I’m thinking all bodies become DEAD. Just a thought.

  17. A V_8000

    October 7, 2017 at 9:28 am

    A fatso right?

  18. Raymond Hietapakka

    October 7, 2017 at 10:35 am

    …do you mean my fat gut will no longer have to fantasize and identify itself as a six-pack?

  19. roland3337

    October 7, 2017 at 11:17 am

    How many SJW buzzwords can you cram into one video? TED talks has reached maximum stupid.

  20. Math

    October 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    The professor is correct in stating that attractive people have it easier. BUT, if you are too good looking, people don’t take you seriously. This is a cross that I bear daily!

  21. CORMAC___NJ

    October 7, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I just don’t get the right’s war on fat people. I pretty much agree with everything Milo stands for, but just because I choose to over-eat a little, I’m the fucking enemy. It’s as if conservatives want to prove that values really don’t matter to them, and they really are just bigots who hate anyone different.

    • lylo

      October 8, 2017 at 11:06 am

      I am overly thin, so I have some sympathy. You think people joke about fat people too much? lol Try being skinny: there is no societal pressure to keep people from seriously accusing you of being anorexic, let alone the occasional innocent joke. I had to have ‘chats’ about it in school with nurses and teachers, get special supplements I was forced to eat all the time, and even put on birth control at a young age to try to put on weight. I’m still friggin’ skinny as a twig, by the way. I worry about slipping through cracks in the floor. lol

      So I guess my question: why are the left such bigots about thin people? These aren’t jokes or pleas for me to get healthy–these are straight up accusations of privilege for a genetic predisposition that I was forced into treating medically like it was a problem. I don’t see you calling that out at all, but instead only worrying about a few people here making a few jokes. So, my friend, where does the hate really lie in this conversation?

    • Dovahkiin

      October 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Yeah the republican party and democrat party have both changed so much..the republicans are like the anti anthem kneelers, flag burners, fat people, homos etc.. The democrats have completely gone off the deep end and just choose to label anyone who has a different opinion a Nazi, fascist, xenophobe, islamophobe etc.. The independents are crazy too, and congress acts like a bunch of butt hurt name calling 15 year old girls… Why can’t we focus on things like actually working together to fix healthcare?? My insurance for my family is almost has high as my rent.. Or focusing on the debt and tax reform.. The GOP was once the party of fiscal responsibility but now has become the defensive liberal hating party and I do blame the liberals because after bush won and then especially the reelection they went absolutely insane and have been attacking ever since.. The hypocrisy on both sides is unbelievable, and how dare you have an opinion that doesn’t conform with the republican guide lines. For example I do think with trump in office and a republican majority the could pass some new gun laws that could potentially hinder future mass shooters to much less damage and casualties in a short time. It may or may not work just like it being against the law to drink and drive of course people break it but if it wasn’t enforced there would be a huge increase in people doing it. I have an ar 15, mini 30, and a Chinese sks, but do I really need them no. .. Do I hunt with them no.. Civilians really dont need assault rifles.. Also the class 3 thing is kinda crazy too. I like to shoot full autos as much as the next guy but can you imagine if this guy would have acquired a class 3 and bought a pretty 1986 m60 machine gun with 5000 rounds of ammo in one string… Hell you know as well as I do he could have purchased a mini gun and used that. Just makes me wonder why he didnt. He had a clean record and lots of money,time. The argument if we pass one gun law they will use that to “take a mile” etc. There have been dozens of gun laws in the last 20 years.. With that logic then how did Bill Clinton’s laws not become a base for taking everything except muzzle loaders. I think the NRA has got people so damn fearful that we cannot see common sense..

  22. rwg1949yt .

    October 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    “Stop criminalizing food.” — nobody has done that. the criticism is about the huge quantities fat people consume. it is criminal to be gluttonous.

  23. Robert A'Beuy

    October 8, 2017 at 6:02 am

    But she’s thin. How can she possibly understand fat people? That’s……weight…appropriation? I can’t do made up words like liberals can.

  24. Syrkai

    October 9, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Being “fat” is a proven health hazard (anyone that denies this is uneducated) and no company would want the liability of a walking heart attack in their building. If these people are that self conscious about themselves then they should take a lap, literally run around an oval.

  25. Dudley Morris

    October 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Sailer’s Law of Female Journalists in effect: she wants more fatsos out there so she’ll look more appealing in comparison.

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