The LA Times reports that Disney isn't blaming fat tourists for having to close up the "Small World" attraction. However, it is getting a makeover with deeper canals and stronger boats because riders keep getting stuck when the boats bottom out. The attraction was designed 40 years ago when the average adult was like 30 lbs. lighter. Hopefully they have a little foresight this time, run the numbers, and recreate the Panama Canal.
Yeah, we're fat. I remember taking a trip to DC my senior year in college when a little fruity German student who was with us started complaining about all the food stops we kept making along the way.
"Vee are eating AGAIN?" He asked, grudingly getting out the van at yet another McDonalds. "Vhat is vrong with Americans?" He gave me pause a time or two, when I realized that I, in fact wasn't that hungy. But then I'd just shrug my shoulders and get me some of those mighty tasty chicken nuggets.
I think there's hope. More and more of us are realizing that eating better and moving more just might not be a bad idea. I was at the grocery store this morning in the produce section when a boy, armed with two cans of spaghettios, came up to a guy next to me and demanded he put them in the cart.
Kid: Larry, let's get these!
Larry: No way. We'll get fresh ingredients and make our spaghetti.
Kid: LARRY! Come on.
Larry: No meho, put it back.
Kid: But look, it doesn't have that much cholesterol! LARRY!
Kid: DONT' TALK TO ME EVER AGAIN, LARRY!
It was kind of sad to see a kid jonesing for some Franco American. But he knew what cholesterol was, so that's heartening, right?