Finally, Disney joins efforts to reduce the deadly childhood obesity. But fat acceptance is more important than our children’s health and survival.
The interactive exhibit, Habit Heroes, featured animated fitness superheroes Will Power and Callie Stenics and super-sized villains Snacker and Lead Bottom, who eat junk food and watch too much television. Critics said the exhibit reinforces stereotypes that obese children are lazy and have poor eating habits.
The few hormonally disturbed fat children as an excuse for the 95% children that ARE lazy and have POOR eating habits.
- We thank the following horrifying article (we disagree with) for the pictures shown here: Disney’s Horrifying New Interactive Childhood Obesity Exhibit at Epcot
Doctors say obesity can sometimes be attributed to genetics and certain medications, and food can be used as a coping mechanism. "We’re appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination," the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said in a statement. 1
Well, maybe shaming could help prevent the use of food as coping mechanism. Tough love, shaming and strong pressure to eat right could probably save lots of children and adults from a life of fatness and ill health. Yes, adults also should be pressured to mend their unhealthy ways, improve their own health, and give positive examples to children.
Human Stupidity Analysis
We understand the complexity of the issues and that negativity can cause problems. Still, a world wide epidemic that is destroying the health and the health budget of entire nations world wide needs strong measures and not wimpy political correctness. Human-Stupidity wants to truly protect children and their health.
We have always suggested that child food porn (junk food in deed and pictures deceptively posing as true food) is more dangerous then child porn. The former really kills children and reduces life expectancy of Millions, while the latter is mainly hysteria. So draconian measures against anything that seduces our innocent and ignorant children to acquire bad eating and exercising habits should be banned and punished. Well, at least it should be counter-acted by strong health-positive propaganda.
- Vote: Do you think Disney’s obesity exhibit was insensitive? (88% don’t think so)
- Disney Obesity Exhibit Causes Outrage, ‘Negativity and Discrimination,’ Say Critics
Walt Disney World got a lot of heat for jumping into the fight against childhood obesity with its Habit Heroes exhibit at Epcot — so much so that it has shut down the interactive exhibit co-sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. 2
Read: "Child Food-Porn" (Junk food advertising) makes our children obese & unhealthy
Food Porn at its best. Attractive looking worthless unhealthy junk food, expertly made up and photoshopped.
5 year old children are totally incapable of making informed decision about ingestion of junk food. The kid is not to blame. The kid is a victim of irresponsible adults.Adults are 100% to blame for the sorry state of this kid, condemned to a life of obesity.
Just making more excuses for fat people. 40 years ago, nobody was obese, or even really overweight. Nowadays, kids don’t go outside and play, eat terrible food, and blame it on some problem other than their unhealthy habits. And now they think its ok because everyone else is overweight. It’s amazing how fit younger people are now in the minority. 3
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Any program that stigmatizes fat people will do nothing to positively affect the health of the populace. Three 2011 studies confirm these facts.
The study Obesity in the News: Do Photographic Images of Obese Persons Influence Antifat Attitudes? indicated that participants who viewed the negative photographs expressed more negative attitudes toward obese people than did those who viewed the positive photographs. Implications of these findings for the media are discussed, with emphasis on increasing awareness of weight bias in health communication and journalistic news reporting.
The study Weight Stigma: Health Implications relates that weight stigma:
• Compromises psychological well-being
• Is NOT an effective motivator for lifestyle changes
• Affects healthcare
The study The Stigmas of Obesity: Does Perceived Weight Discrimination Affect Identity and Physical Health? reveals that perceived weight discrimination is found to be harmful, increasing the health risks of obesity associated with functional disability and, to a lesser degree, self-rated health.
There is an evidence-based compassionate alternative to conventional dieting: Health At Every Size®. For more information on Health At Every Size, you can find in-depth research-based information in the book Health At Every Size – The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Dr. Linda Bacon (http://www.lindabacon.org/HAESbook/).