"We're living in the middle of a witch hunt and fat people are the witches," an activist with the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said. The group, meeting this week in Newark, N.J., works to fight discrimination against large-sized individuals, even though most of them accept the benefits of diet and exercise. A spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association said oversimplifying obesity issues masks the fact that most overweight people are likely to develop life-altering health conditions.

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