Back in the twentieth century, it still felt okay to ridicule fat people. They seemed so cartoonish. Who could resist poking fun at them behind their backs? Today, I know that gossip is despicable. The obese are the last objects of scorn and prejudice, aren’t they? What did we ignorant people know of their inner lives? In a memoir I read, the author talks about being sexually abused while she was growing up; she binged to build a wall for protection. How common is that backstory to the current obesity epidemic? Too common! My disdain for supersized people took another

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