Disney closes anti-obesity exhibit because of negative perception

Posted Friday, March 2, 2012 10:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Shortly after its unofficial opening last month, the interactive Habit Heroes exhibit was blasted by critics for stigmatizing fat kids. Now, Disney has closed the Innoventions exhibit for "retooling." One organization says it falls under "the shadow of negativity and discrimination."

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:16 PM

I would pretty much lump you all in the same category.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:42 PM
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I think I finally understand.


Billy
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Sunday, March 4, 2012 11:48 PM
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What the hell is wrong with you, Phillip? Maybe it's kindly your own fault that you can't make any friends at the events. Did you ever think of that, buddy?

You pretty much call out other coaster enthusiasts for being overweight or whatever. Then you complain about none of them wanting to hang out with you? Take a step back and listen to yourself.

Making friends at a coaster event isn't automatic. It can be kind of awkward making new friends in any situation. One time I had to drag my best friend, who is straight, to a gay bar with me, because I didn't want to go alone. He only had to go once, because I saw a few people that I knew there, and they introduced me to more people the next time I went, until I became Mr. Knoweverybody. :p

I am always open to hang with anyone who wants to, as long as they don't creep me out. Maybe you creep people out, Phillip.

And thanks, Billy. I wish we lived closer to each other. I'd hang out with you anytime. :)


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Monday, March 5, 2012 12:44 AM

Now your starting to creep me out. And you wonder why I don't like you weirdos.

And PLEASE start spelling my name right. It's Philip with ONE L. Thank you.:)

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Monday, March 5, 2012 1:05 AM
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You don't like talking to people on CoasterBuzz? Then leave and stop talking to us. Simple as that... Geeze.


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Monday, March 5, 2012 1:15 AM

Sorry, didn't mean to shake up the "clique".

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Monday, March 5, 2012 8:15 AM

You think Coasterbuzz is a clique? You haven't been on here long, have you?

Putting aside the knucklehead in the room...I'm on the fence on this issue. Jeff is right, healthy habits start at an early age. My son is 9 and Saturday night was the first time he ever drank an entire can of Pepsi. He eats seafood, vegetables...and tries just about anything to the point that adults often ask us how we got him to do it. There weren't any tricks. We introduced lots of food to him at an early age and we haven't stopped. We didn't let him order soda the limited times we too him to a fast food joint. We got him the milk and often substituted the apples for the fries. I would not consider us health nuts...but we have taught moderation.

But, we have to realize that some parents just don't get it. And, if it takes someone like a Disney to intervene by teaching health eating habits in a fun way then I suppose that is better than nothing. I'm not sure the problem was the idea in this case....more the execution.

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Monday, March 5, 2012 9:28 AM

I wonder how much of an improvement whole-wheat pancakes would be?


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Monday, March 5, 2012 9:41 AM
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Philip E. Peavy III said:
I would pretty much lump you all in the same category.

CoasterDemon said:
I think I finally understand.

+1. And... scene.


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Monday, March 5, 2012 1:51 PM

PEP III posts something that he knows will rile some of you guys up and you all knock each other over to call him a troll and yet, some people still give him the attention he's seeking. Stand on your head if you didn't see that coming. Where's the guy that hates Disney and the idea of a Great Adventure hotel? We need him to show up and make this a true double play.

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Monday, March 5, 2012 2:13 PM
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Dear Phillip,

Perhaps the coaster enthusiast community as a whole rejected you because you're the problem, and not us. Just a thought.

Now back to your regularly scheduled Phillip Trolling.

Bye Phillip!

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Monday, March 5, 2012 3:04 PM

No, your the problem. You and your weirdo flunkies show up at amusement parks expecting these businesses to owe you something, when all you end up doing is ruining the experience for the normal people that just want to have a good time. The sooner the parks shut the door on these "clubs", the better. Which I guarantee will happen.

Just an observation: These "coaster enthusiasts" don't even enjoy riding roller coasters to begin with. They might have started out enjoying it, but after riding a 1000 of them, you would have to get sick of it. I know, because the same thing happened to me. For some reason, these Coasterheads think it makes them more important to continue riding them. You know what I'm talking about Tekwardo.

Time to do something different and enjoy a day at the beach, (with a WOMAN I found at the amusement park).

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Monday, March 5, 2012 3:36 PM

#1 No comments about other people's appearances if you don't show a recent picture of yourself.

#2. What clique? In case you haven't noticed, not everybody here agrees with everyone else on every subject. We don't all agree on which parks and coasters are good, bad or meh, so we're definitely not going to all agree on other topics. I know there are people here like Raven-phile and rollergator whose views are 180 degrees different from mine... well, maybe 140-150 degrees. Doesn't mean I'm not going to be civil to them here, or social with them whenever I see them at the occasional event. When we're on a coaster or the Flyers, we're all going in the same direction.

#3 If you're going to take the attitude that everyone on this site, in every club, or in every park is an overweight weirdo flunkie... well, don't be surprised that you haven't made many friends. Calling someone fatso more often than not doesn't make a good first impression.

Now, to the discussion of the topic. Many good points have been made on both sides of the issue. Jeff is right that the system produces a lot of douchebags. Gonch makes good points about personal freedom and responsibility. It seems we have the worst of both worlds now-- people who demand freedom to chose to do whatever they want, while not accepting any of the resulting consequences and expecting everyone to pay the costs for their bad personal decisions.

The fat, cigarette smoking guy with a bowl of crack in his backyard can argue about making his own choices. But who ends up supporting his kids when he ends up dead, in jail, or on disability? Few "personal" choices are made in a vacuum. If people want their freedom to choose, they must also accept the responsibility that comes with those choices.

If we want to fight childhood obesity and make people healthier overall, I don't think portraying overweight people who don't have balanced diets as being evil and lazy is the answer. Instead, show the benefits of a healthy diet and active lifestyle and let people want to be that way.

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Monday, March 5, 2012 3:46 PM
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I feel loved every single time my name comes up... :)

*A little somethin' I leanred from P.T. Barnum... ;)

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Monday, March 5, 2012 4:00 PM

I'm not sure what is more pathetic. The stereotypical enthusiast he thinks everyone here is...or the fact that he finds his time valuably spent denigrating those very people. I mean...that is really kind of sad, isn't it?

It could be worse. We could be Disneyphiles. Now THOSE people..................................

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Monday, March 5, 2012 4:01 PM

Gator, I'd share the Schmeck seat on Phoenix with you anytime.

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Monday, March 5, 2012 4:02 PM
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If everyone would just get fat and smoke crack, there would be no trolls.


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Monday, March 5, 2012 7:21 PM
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I don't know why I'm doing this, but I'm doing it.

Philip E. Peavy III said:
No, your the problem. You and your weirdo flunkies show up at amusement parks expecting these businesses to owe you something, when all you end up doing is ruining the experience for the normal people that just want to have a good time.

How long HAVE you been here? I usually go to parks by myself, and don't expect anything. Heck, I usually even spend money on food at the park too. Like normal people. I don't expect anything from them. And if I do, I pay for fast pass :).

And if we're all ruining experiences of everyone there, then I'm sure the parks will close soon enough, since they're doing so poorly now.

The sooner the parks shut the door on these "clubs", the better. Which I guarantee will happen.

LOL, ok. For the record, I don't belong, nor am I affiliated with any coaster club, but whatever. Please explain why the parks are guaranteed to do this, I'm excited to hear your responses.

Just an observation: These "coaster enthusiasts" don't even enjoy riding roller coasters to begin with.

In al honesty, I agree with you to a point there. Really, I do. I've seen many 'enthusiasts' that don't enjoy it any more. And you know what? I couldn't care any less. Doesn't affect me in the slightest.

They might have started out enjoying it, but after riding a 1000 of them, you would have to get sick of it.

I guess I'm glad I haven't ridden but about 250 of those things.

I know, because the same thing happened to me.

And if there's one thing we ALL know is that if you say it happened to you, it MUST apply to us all as well. In fact, I'm starting to dislike coasters already. Oh, wait. No, I just dislike you even more. Sorry, my mistake.

For some reason, these Coasterheads think it makes them more important to continue riding them.

And why do you care, again?

Time to do something different and enjoy a day at the beach, (with a WOMAN I found at the amusement park).

1) Yeah, because none of us do anything except ride roller coasters. Ever.

2) What makes you think everyone here wants to spend their day at a beach with a Woman?

#1 No comments about other people's appearances if you don't show a recent picture of yourself.

Interesting. When you look at his pic in his profile, he looks overweight, unkempt, and less than fashionable. Like a lazy, overweight coaster enthusiast. Hey, if he can, I can too. Though I'm usually far more fashionable.

Last edited by Tekwardo, Monday, March 5, 2012 7:22 PM

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Monday, March 5, 2012 8:00 PM
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Iiiinteresting. Not sure how I missed this.


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Monday, March 5, 2012 8:09 PM

just get fat and smoke crack

It takes some dedication to do both.


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