Disney’s newest heroine is a plus-size ballet dancer with body dysmorphia

Growing up with Disney used to mean idolizing pretty princesses as they went on adventures, sang with birds, danced with princes, and learned a few lessons along the way. But after a dramatic shift in Disney’s priorities, and their subsequent decision to pander to a woke audience, the next generation will be growing up with an entirely different Disney experience.

Take the new short film “Reflect” for example. After years of howling about the promotion of unrealistic body standards from the left, Disney finally introduced their first fat protagonist as part of their Short Circuit series. The young lady is a ballet dancer who finds herself suffering from body dysmorphia, a mental disorder that causes those who have it to hyperfocus on their perceived physical flaws. It causes the person to have a dramatically distorted view of their appearance and is common among those whose professions are focused on their physical presentation as well as those who suffer from eating disorders.

Mayo Clinic’s suggested treatments for body dysmorphic disorder include medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, but how does the heroine of the new Disney short handle this crippling mental illness?

She dances her insecurities away. Because it’s a child’s film.

While there are some people celebrating this work, others wonder about the type of impact it will have on the young people who watch it:


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