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Psychology Professor Joins Debate on "Fat Studies" as New Academic Field

Elena Escalera, an assistant professor of psychology at Saint Mary's College, was quoted in a New York Times article about "fat studies" emerging as a new area of study on college campuses.

In the article, Escalera said she vehemently disagrees with the idea that fat studies perpetuate a victim's mentality.

"This is not about victimhood, but about becoming empowered," she said. "Did Martin Luther King and Malcolm X espouse victimhood? Did Susan B. Anthony? It's really easy for people to feel that fat people are trying to find an excuse."