“People think: If fat people need to be cured, there must be something wrong with them. Cures should work; if they do not, it is the fat person’s fault and a license not to employ, date, educate, rent to, sell clothes to, give a medical exam to, see on television, respect, or welcome such fat people in society.
Such hateful attitudes are acceptable because no one really believes that being fat is any kind of disease. If fat people suffered from a real illness, our detractors’ attitudes would be unacceptably cruel. The pretense of concern for fat people’s health wards anti-fat attitudes against exposure as simple hatred. Belief in a “cure” also masks that hatred. It is not possible to hate a group of people for our own good.”