"[I]f you didn’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation"

The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before others had the chance to take screen shots of Miller’s message and circulate the image on social media. And now the professor is facing #backlash — from the general public as well as from academics. Many are shocked that a professor whose job would include teaching students of all sizes would express such bias.

New York University journalism professor and media critic Jay Rosen tweeted, “Astonishing fatshaming tweet, since deleted, from an academic, @matingmind. The mind boggles,” to his 117,200-plus followers.

A new blog was launched Monday in response to the furor. The blog is called Fuck Yeah! Fat Ph.D.s and features those proud of being “fatlicious in academia.”