Being Overweight is Not a Disability: Disney Part 1

 

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Being overweight is not a disability:

I stood outside of my Disney resort last week and I saw a truck pull up. The rear lift gate opened and inside were hundreds of folded electric wheelchairs. “Rascals” if you will. The truck was unloading them by the dozen, and where they were putting them there were already dozens more probably left there from other companies waiting for hotel guests to check in and retrieve them. Could you believe there was more than one company that provided this service? I wondered immediately how many rooms were at the resort. So I checked. 984 rooms to be exact, so then I thought to myself I see here at least 100 plus of these electric devices. Could there really be that many disabled people here? We all know the answer is no.img_6892
We were in several parks that week. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and of course Hollywood Studios. In each park I noticed something. These electric devices were everywhere and it was young people that were using them. I saw older people with walkers and canes and even crutches and manual wheelchairs. I saw disabled veterans walking unassisted and without these devices. What I saw was mind blowing. Young people and by young I mean 20s, 30s, and 40s, no casts, perfectly capable of walking, but unfortunately overweight and definitely definitely lazy.

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I am not saying this to be insensitive or rude and I’m not shaming anyone for being overweight. I KNOW THE STRUGGLE. I know what it’s like to go to Disney World the last 5 years and not fit on half the rides. I know what it’s like to have to take breaks and go to bed after a long day of walking in pain. What I refuse to know however is laziness. These people were perfectly capable of getting out of these chairs and walking onto rides or even riding Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster, but were disabled enough to necessitate a mechanical device that prevented them from walking? Or was it that they had no desire to try? Which is actually what it is.
You see I go to Disney World/Disneyland every year. We love it. Since I have been going with my wife I have gained progressively more and more weight. You see I saw my future in these scooters. Would I give up? Would I accept this as normal? Is the electric scooter the new walking? NO! I used it as motivation. I saw this and I never never never wanted to be that. I never wanted to get to the point where I quit and said, “that’s it, walking just isn’t for me any more. It’s just too inconvenient.”

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I wish that some disabled veteran or someone that was born without feet or legs would walk up to some of these people and say something to them. Is that harsh? Maybe, but you have been given a gift! You can walk! If it’s hard because of your weight, lose it. I was there! I would leave the parks in pain because of my weight and the walking I get it seriously, but when you see these scooters you can NOT accept this as normal to use if you’re overweight. You should make it your inspiration and your goal to have to never use one in your life! You should look at those scooters like I did and say, “no way, not me” and change your lifestyle.
Your weight is not a disability unless you allow it to be. The disabled? The elderly, the veterans, the sick, the wounded, the injured…those are the real disabled and they would give ANYTHING to be you. You are not disabled. You are only disabled by your thinking. Change your lifestyle, change your life. You can do it. You can be amazing.

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