I am comparing the level of hate many people have for fat people to the level of hate many people had of black people in the 1950's Obesity is correlated strongly to poverty, ethnicity, genetics, and health conditions. I don't think most obese people are upset about it, but I do think many may be embarassed of it. LOL- my P.E. teacher was like 100 pounds overweight and not sedentary. How many fat waitresses have you met? How about fat construction workers? These aren't sedanetary jobs. Unless you are so obese that they cannot walk well or something (which is very rare) then active jobs are a possibility. Also, did you know that there isn't a strong correlation between how much a person eats and how much they weigh? There are obese people who eat the same foods and the same amount of foods as a normal weight individual. If I don't watch my diet and do at least an hour of cardio a day I gain weight in leaps and bounds. I have a nonfunctional thyroid, it caused me to be obese and depressed when I was younger. Couldn't exercise vigerously because my body couldn't handle it. I'd eat a 1200 calorie a day diet and wouldn't loose weight. As soon as I went on medicine- boom, I lost like 10 pounds a month until I got down to a healthy weight. Seriously, all is not what meets the eye. I was treated horribly during that time, in a way I would not wish upon my worst enemy- it was not fair, even if I had done that on purpose it wouldn't have been fair. I agree that parents, along with schools and other social institutions, are largely responsible for childhood obesity. This is part of why it gets me so angry when people make fun of fat people- because kids hear this and take it onto the playground. A 8 year old who is morbidly obese did not make themselves morbidly obese- the adults in their lives did.