Disney's Epcot Closes New Attraction Because It Offends Fat Kids

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It's not exactly a secret that America's children are getting fatter, so Disney's Epcot theme park in Orlando decided to help tackle the problem head-on with a new attraction called Habit Heroes. Kids were invited to partake in activities like shooting hot dogs with broccoli spears, and defeating an obese villain named Leadbottom in a dance off.

The attraction, which had its "soft opening" earlier this year, has now been closed after criticism by "fat acceptance" groups.

"We're appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination," read a statement released by the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, an organization that apparently exists.

"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," it continued. "Disney, in partnering with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, has taken the side of the bullies."

"Because after all, kids with obesity are obviously just gluttonous and lazy and they probably lie around and eat junk food all day, right?," Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa, wrote on his blog Weighty Matters.

Well, yeah, that's basically what I did when I was an obese kid. Not sure an amusement park ride would have helped matters much though.

In the attraction, kids were lead through various activities by two tour guide characters named "Will Power" and "Callie Stenics." They helped kids defeat obese villains like Leadbottom and his cohorts The Gluton and Snacker.

Fat acceptance groups were outraged that only noticeably obese people were shown with unhealthy habits, and believed the attraction reinforced negative stereotypes and bullied obese children during their vacation. The groups would like to see negative habits attached to non-obese people as well.

So now the attraction has been closed indefinitely for retooling.

"Our goal is to ensure that the attraction conveys a positive message about healthy lifestyles in a fun and empowering way," John W. Herbkersman, spokesman for Blue Cross and Blue Shield which partnered with Disney for the amusement, told the Orlando Sentinel. "To work on further improving and refining the experience, the attraction is closed for the time being. We look forward to officially opening it soon."

Either way, we're not sure whether a theme park ride is going to matter much in the fight against childhood obesity in the first place. Not when we have a Congress that considers pizza a vegetable anyway.

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Izza BabyWheels
Izza BabyWheels

Really? Oh! I'm as so saddened hearing about that!  In my own opinion, it shouldn't be closed just because of the fat children that were being offended. Somehow, these attraction might give them the enthusiasm to change for the better. Please feel free to visit my  Page as well. Thanks!

Psskittle017
Psskittle017

So lets promote being fat and unhealthy....... Thats so much better...

Falco1022
Falco1022

So a bunch of overweight people get off their couch, use their handicapped benefits to cut into this line, and then complain. 

Evansari
Evansari

Listen them lil.fat bastards bttr lose some wgt!!

Perpetua
Perpetua

 that organisation needs to be shut down they are promoting unhealthy behaviour

i actually was really happy to hear that Disney was helping to reduce obesity.

Hmchugh430
Hmchugh430

open it up now , if the fat kids do not like it unlike a lot of ethnic slurs, they can do something about it like stop over eating

Fsaydani
Fsaydani

How ridiculous! In a world where McDonalds has to change the happy meal and Disney has to close an attraction because parents can no longer raise healthy children, are we really free? Or only as long as we appeal to the masses which are evidently the obese who are too lazy to parent our children. I guess we are free from our parenting responsibilities and free to let the government do it for us.

Brotherratt
Brotherratt

 Hey! I'm thirty pounds overweight and you know what? It'smy fault!! Imagine that shit. Long live Leadbottom!!

Angel Vazquez85
Angel Vazquez85

I do t think anyone really chooses to be overweight and those who say they r happy with their weight are finding the easy way out instead of trying to be healthy they make.it.seem alright to.themselves and.their children. Obesity is a huge problem in the united states and if any methods can be taken to show children that a healthy.lifestyle is the right way then I'm for it. Leave the ride just how it is Disney. Parents need to take responsibility for their children's health instead of making excuses. A healthy child is a nappy.child both physically and.emotionally. they don't have to.deal with bullying.PR.degrading comments. These fat acceptance groups should be ashamed of the example they are setting for both children.and overweight people in the u.s.a

snakeone
snakeone

Eat some lettuce, take a walk..but stop making excuses

Travis J Warnelo
Travis J Warnelo

I hear complaints go better with fat free salad dressing...

Moudou
Moudou

Urrgh, These "Habit Heros" were criticized by many, including eating disorders organisations. The one that struck me the most for some reason was "Insecura" a slender down in the mouth girl who I think featured a rain cloud above her or was in a cloudy scene, not entirely sure.

Even though I'm fat, I really felt for someone like that girl for whom life is a constant feeling of all sorts of unknown fears and terrors. To see this as a 'habit' just made me sad that people could be so out of touch with their empathy.

But nice to see the lackey media following its orders, representing fat activists as extremists who no-one else agrees with. Keep up this objectivity and balance, you (oft. self declared) guardians of our freedom of thought.

Brad Curran
Brad Curran

im sorry but if i was younger and saw this id go crazy to interact that much with everything around me. i wouldnt really care what the message was just that what i did in the real world affected the game or ride. next these idiots will target kinect or wii for the same issue. To be honest ive been playing around with kinect and have actually lost some weight. I didnt even know i was really working out i was just trying to beat the game.

vungfoo
vungfoo

Are you kidding me? Stupid fat kids should get off the lazy couch and lose some weight! Get over it fatties! Bunch of rednecks down there in Florida!

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Nikki
Nikki

"Because after all, kids with obesity are obviously just gluttonous and lazy and they probably lie around and eat junk food all day, right?," um, yeah, that is usually the problem. Not that I in anyway blame the kids for being like that, after all they don't buy the food or prepare the meals.

And what is actually wrong with making people feel a little guilty for choosing a hot dog over broccoli? I don't think people should hate themselves (or be hated by others) for being fat, but they should love themselves enough to do something about losing some weight & improving their health.

Dave
Dave

Maybe give the kids some cheeseburgers once the ride is done. That should shut the mouths of the "Fat Association" 

Seriously...wtf

Brian
Brian

You know what, then you should pay a premium for health care or be denied coverage.  If you want to be a glutton and want to raise glutton children, then we should not foot the bill for you as tax payers.

Loveex8
Loveex8

Wtf is a fat acceptance group? Coming from a ”big boned” family unless you have a REAL disease, I think you're fat by choice. & I don't want to hear ”oh my I have a thyroid problem,” because that's the excuse I've been hearing by A LOT of fat people. My dad was fat, diagnosed with a thyroid problem, started working out & eating right & has lost over 80 pounds so far. So go disney! Keep shooting that fat ass leadbottom :)

Rickamador5
Rickamador5

ok...then stay fat you sniveling rightwing fanatic.

Moudou
Moudou

Nope, we should not have to pay a premium born of the assocations of your idiotic prejudice. People of all weights eat a lot, some taken/have taken drugs, smoked, drunk too much alcohol, had unprotected sex, pursued dangerous sportsk abused beat up and degraded others and are full of hate dragging down the health of others around them.

And yet the cost of their "habits come out of the same system you seem to think you personally own. I have no problem with that. But if anyone has a problem with fat people, then we all need to sit down and start deciding who doesn't want to pay for whom because if bigots are going to drag it down to their level as usual, then there's a whole lot of people I don't wish to be paying for,starting with them.

After that, I'm sure they'd be plenty left for the rest of us.

Phoff12
Phoff12

 The problem is bigots don't have higher health care costslike fatties do. Now go eat a super sized number 1 and go away.

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