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Disney shuts down “Fat Camp” exhibit amid complaints

Exhibit shows villains as overweight

  • The exhibit was located in Epcot Center in Disney World Orlando.

    The exhibit was located in Epcot Center in Disney World Orlando.

    Disney has cancelled an exhibit scheduled to open March 5 that includes fat fighting animated superheroes that use fruits and vegetables to fight unhealthy foods after parents and health organizations complained the exhibit demonizes overweight people.

    Wow Disney, way to completely ruin a kid’s day at the park. When I went to Disney, there wasn’t any of this crap there. It was meant as a fun escape and now they have turned it into Michelle Obama’s personal amusement park.

    I wonder what she eats at Disney World.

    The exhibit was only open for three weeks in Orlando’s Disney World but was then closed for “retooling” according to the exhibit’s website

    The exhibit “Habit Heroes” which is sponsored by health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield includes heroes Will Buff and Callie Stenics where they decry “bad habits” like watching too much television and eating junk food.

    Cartoon villains include the super-sized Snacker, Sweet Tooth and Lead Bottom. The superheroes teach kids to destroy the “baddies” with fruits and veggies.

    The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said: ‘It appears that Disney now believes that using the tool of shame, favored so much by today’s healthcare corporations, is the best way to communicate with children.’ Disney, in partnering with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, has taken the side of the bullies.’

    Bariatric Medical Institute doctor Yoni Freedhoff said ‘So thanks for being so helpful Disney. I mean if your kid is not overweight or obese, here’s to Disney reinforcing society’s most hateful negative obesity stereotyping, and if they are overweight or obese.

    What kid doesn’t want to be made to feel like a personal failure while on a Disney family vacation.

    ‘A little Dance, Dance Revolution and some broccoli spears ought to clear everything up, right?

    ‘Here’s to Disney’s reinforcing society’s most hateful negative obesity stereotyping.’

    Peggy Howell, with the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, said: ‘I was really disturbed to see the most negative habits were attached to really fat bodies.

    ‘These pictures further the stigma against people of higher body weight.’

    A Disney spokesman said: ‘That’s why we have a soft opening. So we can open it up to others and listen. We’ve heard the feedback.’

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