Couple of questions for posters: Does anyone here feel self-conscience about their weight and finds that acceptance from others is not easily forthcoming? People tend to feel that fat people are lazy and less healthy so does this cause them to look down on people deemed obese? Family members can be the toughest. You're not making the grade because you're fat and withdrawn from all of the years of criticism. Has anyone here had to deal with this personally or with family or friends? Do you find it hard not to laugh as someone with a butt that moves like two gophers in a gunny-sack? Do you assume that fat people are a good key to where to eat if you want it cheap and plentiful? Did you make fun of the fat girl in high school? Two people apply for a job. One is average looking and has decent qualifications and another has excellent qualifications....but he or she is overweight. Whom would you hire? The one with the Bachelors of Science degree and seems to have good eating habits or the one with the Masters and loves food and shows it? What if they had similar qualifications? Whom would you hire? I see no special interest groups out there to protect the rights of the obese. It seems that nobody wants to take up that cause. But I think it's no different from any other form of discrimination.