Habit Heroes at Epcot’s Innoventions has closed until further notice. Late this week the mini-attraction came under intense scrutiny for the way it portrays obesity, overweight people (in particular, children), and the concept of “fat-shaming.” In particular health care professionals in Canada began to speak out after seeing the attraction, causing the uproar to spread across the Internet quickly. Per the Calgary Herald:
“It’s so dumbfounding it’s unreal,” says Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa. “I just can’t believe somebody out there thought it was a good idea to pick up where the school bullies left off and shame kids on their vacation.”
“Rebecca Scritchfield, an adjunct professor at George Washington University, said she was “disgusted” by the exhibit’s implication that weight is indicative of health, writing: “I would love to know what sickos thought this up.”
If you’re interested in what exactly the now-defunct attraction entailed – as Disney claims it is going to be reworked – you can read my write-up/synopsis from the opening weekend over at my personal blog, Epcyclopedia.com (it also ran on MiceAge.com, so it might look familiar.) Fair warning: in addition to misgivings about the treatment of childhood obesity, I did not have a high opinion of the attraction.