Disneyworld came under attack by the PC police and had to close their new Habit Heroes exhibit at Epcot. The exhibit was supposed to help encourage children to make healthy eating choices but instead wound up being very insensitive to obese people.
Habit Heroes featured really in shape superheroes, named Will Power and Callie Stenics, The bad guys they were fighting were fat creatures named The Glutton, Snacker and Lead Bottom.
the exhibit opened less than a month ago and Disney has already announced they are closing it. The Canadian Obesity network claims it should have never been opened in the first place.
Dr. Arya Sharma, Scientific Director at the Canadian Obesity Network, said,
“It reinforces all the stereotypes that people who are obese are lazy, don’t move, need a kick in the butt to get active, need to get their act together, and (they) can be shamed and blamed for not doing it.”
Sharma says obesity is a complex chronic disease and isn’t just about poor choices. Additional factors for obesity include using food as an emotional coping strategy, taking certain medications, and genetics.
“There are a lot of people who have excess weight. who eat as healthy or unhealthy as other people. There are a lot of people who have excess weight who exercise regularly.”
Experts are saying that the worst part about the exhibit is that it focuses on children and in an age where bullying is front and center there are certain types of encouragement bullies do not need.
Marty Enokson says just seeing the pictures brought back terrible memories for him. Enokson says he was bullied as a child because of his weight and became addicted to food.
“You know, fat people, fat children are not allowed to wish upon a star because you have bad habits and that’s what it’s saying to me.”
Do you think Disney should try to be a little more sensitive to childhood obesity when opening exhibits?