AKLRULZ wrote:So since we're on the subject - I've heard both sides of the argument about overweight people abusing the wheelchair system - any thoughts on that?
OK here's my take, agree, disagree, loathe me or love me, whatever.
First, my situation: I am 6'3", 300lbs., and in much better shape than that sounds (i wear 38" waist jeans). Yes I'm big, yes I have a gut I can't ditch, but I'm built more like a football player than a football, if you catch my meaning.
That having been said, I still move my weight all around Disneyland or WDW for hours a day, days at a time, without help of a wheeled device. While I won't pretend that Disney could ever get away with telling these people they do not have a disease/"true" ailment and therefore cannot use the ECVs/wheelchairs, I think it has a lot to do with us living in a victim society.
We are all victims! Our situation is not due to our actions, but to the hand we were dealt!
Believe me, if I stopped downing the cheeseburgers and got back on the weights and the treadmill, like I was in college, I'd be back down to 235 and loving life... I know that my choices shape my situation, and I take responsibility for those choices. Obviously, not everyone does.
Now, the thing is... morbidly obese people should still be allowed to enjoy the parks, and I'm sure that simply isn't possible without help moving about. I don't know what to do about the situation, but I know how repulsed and saddened I am, simultaneously, when I see people who apparently only need an ECV/wheelchair because their caloric intake has exceeded their expenditures by leaps and bounds for years/decades/etc.