Disney, The Most Shameful Place on Earth!

by Aimee Beltran on March 1, 2012

in Body Image, Weight Watchers

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Vacations are meant to be an escape from reality. Especially for a kid who gets bullied at school, a vacation is like a dream come true!

Imagine being the “husky’” kid who gets berated daily at school because of his/her weight. Your parents decide to whisk you away to the most magical place on earth! That’s right . . . Disney World!

You feel safe because you’re protected by your parents and miles away from all the bullies. Nothing can hurt you here. It’s the land of pixie dust and princesses!

You (the child) get in line to experience the new interactive experience at Epcot that just opened in February 2012: Disney’s Habit Heroes.

Your mission is to fight and destroy the evil villains! Sounds like any other game, right? So, who are these villains you ask?

The Glutton
He is a fat hot dog salesman who can’t stop eating his own products. So, he’s a food addict and that makes him evil and shameful?

Lead Bottom
His bio tells us that he failed to pursue his dreams of dance because he was too fat and fell into wrestling instead. So, if kids are overweight, they’ll never amount to anything? Welcome to the land of Dreams!

Snacker
The overweight Fairy who likes to poor butter on everything and has an aura of food around her at all times. Her crime is eating too many fatty, processed foods! You mean like the same ones that they sell in all the Walt Disney World Parks?!

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Their “crimes” include a lack of exercise, binge eating, and being overweight!

The “heroes” of the game are Will Power and Callie Stenics, a fit and trim duo that is out to battle obesity and fat people across the world! You must “fight” the evil fat people by throwing apples and broccoli at their cream puffs and hot dogs!

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Hey, it’s the good guys! That’s right kids! As long as you are skinny, you are perfect!
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Ok, story time is over kids!

Let me tell you how I really feel! Way to FAIL Disney! And Blue Cross and Blue Shield, whom they collaborated with on this epic failure. As an adult who was bullied as a child for my weight, I am disgusted by your choice of “obesity education.” If this doesn’t strike a nerve in you, then guess what? You just don’t get it and you probably never will.

For an overweight child going through this experience, they would leave feeling embarrassed, shamed, anxious, and because kids think Disney is God, they now think they are the“villians.” Once again, skinny people are the only “good” people. Revolting.

“It’s so dumbfounding it’s unreal,” says Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa. “I just can’t believe somebody out there thought it was a good idea to pick up where the school bullies left off and shame kids on their vacation.

I’m glad to say that the exhibit was shut down as well as the website for Habit Heroes. Oh, yea there’s even more “villains” on the website including “Insecura.” Disney is teaching our children that a lack of self-esteem (which probably resulted from bullying!) is a bad habit!

What’s even more disturbing to me is that Disney clearly proved that they believe being overweight means you are lazy and that you lack willpower. They have failed to recognize that it is also a mental disorder that often times results from trauma that includes fat shaming and bullying, the very thing their “educational interactive experience” is doing.

“Rebecca Scritchfield, an adjunct professor at George Washington University, said she was “disgusted” by the exhibit’s implication that weight is indicative of health, writing: “I would love to know what sickos thought this up.”

I suggest Disney and the people involved in “Habit Heroes” get a good dose of education when it comes to eating disorders, obesity, and bullying. They have a lot to learn. Perhaps we the people should create an educational experience for THEM!

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” 
~Harvey S. Firestone~
 

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