This morning on "Fox & Friends," self-described obesity expert MeMe Roth argued against Disney's creating plus-size female characters because it would "glorify obesity."
According to MediaMatters.org, Roth runs the National Action Against Obesity website and blog, whose tagline is "MeMe Roth: Reporting From FATOPOLIS."
Roth and the Fox News co-hosts were discussing teenager Jewel Moore's Change.org petition, which calls for a “positive representation of plus-size females in the media” that would help "women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media."
Roth strongly opposed the idea, notes RawStory.com (video below).
“It’s dangerous, it’s unhealthy and we don’t want to glorify obesity,” said Roth. “I understand that many people are overweight, but having a princess represent that is really not a great message.”
However, Emme, a plus-size model, said that the Change.org petition was not calling for obese princesses.
“She would like to have a princess that’s a little bit more realistic, more normalized in size, so that more kids that represent the America will not feel left out in the kingdom,” said Emme. “She’s really hitting home that it’s important to have more diverse representations of beauty for kids.”
Roth countered, “If you’re going to do a storyline with obesity, then you’re going to need to do a Princess Diabetes, Princess Cancer, Princess Fertility Problems. She specifically asked for a plus-size princess.”
"She's not asking for an obese," said Emme before she was interrupted by Roth.
“She’s asking for a plus-size princess!” Roth exclaimed. “Let’s just stop and pause on that request! It’s the same as asking for an anorexic princess. It’s the same! ... You shouldn't be trying to identify with a cartoon character! That in itself is an odd thing."
Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck later asked, "Is plus-size obese?"
"It's unhealthy. If you like cancer and diabetes, if you want fertility problems, then plus-size is beautiful," Roth said.