Theme park slammed over ‘fat-shaming’ weight scales for thrill-seekers on rides

A theme park has been accused of “fat shaming” visitors after introducing weighing scales that flash red if the rider exceeds a ride's weight limit.

Adventure World in Perth, Australia, has been heavily criticised on social media following this decision, with some users branding it “humiliating” and others “degrading”.

According to the Independent, one Facebook comment said: “Boycott Adventure World until they change their new disgusting ride policies.

“Not only can you not be above 90kg to ride the rapids, you can’t be over 75kg to ride the Abyss, the roller coaster. Do they know the average weight of an adult?

“To top it off, they have scales for riders to go on to check their weights prior to going on. These scales show a large red flashing light if you are over. How humiliating. How degrading.”

A mother told The West Australian how her 13-year-old daughter was left feeling “humiliated” when asked by staff to weigh herself, only to be told she couldn’t go down the Rocky Rapid waterslide.

She said: “I was angry and disappointed in Adventure World. We’ve enjoyed these rides for years and now all of a sudden we weren’t able to.”

Another woman echoed that view, telling 7 News: The park doesn’t cater to us anymore, we went last year and I was able to go on those rides with my kids no issue, and this year we have red lights flashing in our faces saying no you can’t do this.”

Adventure World’s CEO, Andrew Sharry, however disagrees, telling The West Australian: “We take our direction from our various ride manufacturer’s safety specifications.

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“There have been no changes to, nor introduction this season of a new rider weight safety requirements for any of our rides, slides or attractions.”

The CEO said the newly implemented weight scales, however, were for the comfort of patrons, as well as a “rider weight safety assessment scale for the operator”.

“(This) brings us in line with almost all other water parks in the country. We are not alone in implementing such a system.”

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