about those scientific studies. They actually indicate that it's not bad to be fat (especially one by epidemologist Katherine Flegal).
The reason I think fat people are being scapegoated is the one thing that poor americans consume (or just appear to consume) more of is unhealthy food. Which means that in the U.S now skinniness is undoubtedly a status symbol!
Which why I think this is about singling out people much more than it ever might've been about compassion.