Walt Disney’s Weighty Matters

Pass along love not criticism

With February coming to a close, this months’ prompt, “What would love do?”  became more activist oriented for me yesterday. I began looking at our culture and thinking about what is loving and what is not.

I was looking at Bridget Whitlow’s tweets and followed the link.

I read about the new Disneyland attraction for children that features fat characters in negative stereotypical ways. One character is grossly fat and named Lead Bottom.

To all of you reading this blog who may have been called names, or teased, or bullied about your weight, or not; I invite you to speak out.

If you have a platform to pass along information like this, I encourage you to do so. If you don’t have Twitter, Facebook or blogs, why not tell people you know about it?

Here is my response to the site that featured this new “attraction” at Disneyland.

I wonder what Walt Disney would say if he saw “The happiest place in the world” advocating negative stereotypes through the use of shameful, humiliating characters to children? Shame on the creative team who thought it was a good idea to create a game for children that furthers the concept that fat is bad, and fat people are lazy lead bottoms!

I invite Disney’s creative team to look at the research, become familiar with HAES, Health at Every Size, and become responsible advocates for health, not promoters of fat phobia which is at the core in our culture, and can influence eating disordered behaviors in our children, adolescents, and adults.

When we ask the question “What would love do?” I believe it includes speaking up about issues that are near and dear to our hearts.

I invite you to check this out, and see if you are moved to respond in some way. You may write a blog post, tell someone about it, or you may choose to research HAES or the BodyPositive website by Deb Burgard PhD, or Google Dr. Linda Bacon. If you do take action, I’d love for you to comment and share what you did, and what you noticed.




Visit the Love Warrior Community to check out the self-love resources for your self-love practice.

Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!

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