You wouldn’t think the people whose theme parks feature a binge-eating bear with a honey gut would put itself in the business of fat shaming, but that’s exactly what Disney did this month. In a boneheaded stab at promoting healthy lifestyle choices, the happiest place on earth became a considerably less hospitable environment when it debuted a new interactive “Habit Heroes” exhibit at Epcot. Guess who the villains were?
you know, i actually felt sick when i read that one of the positive characters is named “will power”. i don’t think i’ve ever had such a visceral reaction to a cartoon character, lucky me.
i’m tired of hearing about how we have to monitor every single calorie we consume and burn or else we’re crazed potato chip-eating monsters. when i’m overcome with guilt about not having the willpower to be skinny i eat less healthily than normal in order to consume as few calories as possible. and then i’m starving and miserable and feel ill, so i stuff myself with terrible, awful, delicious food like the glutton i am. and i feel better, until the next time those waves of guilt roll in. it’s exhausting. it’s unhealthy. it’s utterly ridiculous. i (really, really) enjoy food for many reasons, and i don’t want to hear about how my lack of willpower is some sort of personal failure. i can choose not to eat. but i don’t want to.
is it unhealthy to overindulge all the time? sure. is it unhealthy to feel the need to control yourself all the time? i say yes. so fuck your will power, disney. kids already get enough of this shit without you chiming in.
Ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary identifying people: Kelsey spits the goddamn truth.