My husband's life is getting smaller as he is getting bigger. He cannot fit in amusement park rides, airline seats, and his last car---a Mini Cooper.
It causes him anguish, humiliation and anger.
As the number of morbidly obese Americans grows, what are we to do, as individuals and as a society? Make everything bigger? Specialized amusement parks? Supersized airplane seats? Should our society to adjust to this new 'norm'? (These are real questions, not sarcasm.)
Clearly, compassion is called for----our people, including our children, are suffering. Suffering from the LIES fed us from the moment we turn on the television, or read mainstream nutrition advice, or follow the advice most of our physicians give us.
I think there is an awakening: Michael Pollan's work, the Slow Food movement, movies like FOOD, INC., the interest in traditional diets, the farm-to-table offerings by chefs and restauranteurs all over the country, the school food reform movement, etc. all indicate that we are slowly waking up.
Compassion is called for, and public education, and food reform, and subversive economies that are small and local to undo the power of corporations in our food supply. (Not to mention household products and cosmetics!)
I think the example of the airline is not a good one in making your point that derision of fat people is not worthy behavior. Because the truth is, if you are too big to fit in one seat, you need to pay for two or not fly as things stand now.
Asking what other options there are is a real question. But facts is facts.