[SPOILER ALERT] Well as if it wasn’t bad enough that poor little WALL-E got beat up by the right, now the fatophiles (might one call some of them fat fetishists?) have their collective panties in a bunch. Why? Apparently they don’t like how future humans living aboard a spaceship are portrayed.
According to once critic:
“But the metaphor only works if you believe familiar myths about the overweight: They’re weak-willed, indolent, and stupid. Sure enough, that’s how Pixar depicts the future of humanity.” – Daniel Engber, Slate.com
Aside: One would be excused if they laughed so hard that they lost a pound or two reading the following in the above article: “That is to say, it may not matter that much whether you eat salads or drink “cupcakes-in-a-cup,” whether you bike everywhere or fly around in a Barcalounger. If you have a propensity to become obese, there’s only so much that can be done about it.” Engber’s “only so much” apparently means almost nothing. Go read his article and see what you think. Aside ended.
But Mr. Engber isn’t the only critic among the fatophiles. The UK’s Telegraph published an article entitled, “WALL-E’s ‘fattist’ satire angers fat pride groups.” Let that soak in for a minute. Fat acceptance advocates interviewed for the article made the following statements:
“It’s the classic stereotype that fat people are stupid, smelly, lazy, disgusting and out of control.” – Telegraph. Note: There is no suggestion in the movie that fat people smell bad.
“Pixar should be out of business for portraying this level of prejudicial bigotry-mongering. These are 19th-century hatreds repackaged in modern animation. It’s amazing.”-Telegraph
Indeed, the movie was a real let down to members of Naafa (The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance) who were at the time “holding [their] annual convention in Los Angeles, a celebration of so-called “flabulous figures”, seminars on fat discrimination, a fat fashion show, podgy pool parties and entertainment from weighty singing group The Fatimas.” 
So what is the stir all about? This guy over to your right and others like him are at the center of this weighty brouhaha. Notice his well rounded stomach, his stubby little fingers, and his seamlessly blended neck, chin, and face. He is indeed, quite obese.
But why? Well if you saw the movie WALL-E you would know that he and the rest of human kind have lived on the space ship for over 700 years. During the overwhelming majority of that time their every whim has been catered to and their every essential (and non-essential) activity performed by robots. Their diets, no doubt consisting of well over 4,000 calories a day, combined with almost no physical activity, since their chairs carry them everywhere, combine to create perhaps the most unhealthy and hedonistic lifestyle known to mankind since Nero.
So you tell me, given these conditions, is it any surprise that the entire population would be obese? Maybe you say, “Hey, that might have been 2 or 3% of the population that could consume over 4,000 calories a day and perform no physical activity and still avoid obesity.” Sure, and maybe you should believe those supplement ads in muscle magazines. The bottom line is this is Pixar’s movie and within the parameters set by Pixar for mankind’s future existence the outcome of equality in obesity isn’t too far off. While it might make the fatophiles gawk in disbelief that an excess consumption of calories mixed with less activity than the common garden snail lead to obesity, it isn’t too far from what anyone with a dash of common sense would expect.
Moreover, yes I know that the fat acceptance folks (a minority of whom might be labeled fatishists, a combination meant to designate those who have a fetish for their own bodily fat) dislike the depiction of these obese inhabitants of the space (cruise) ships as “weak-willed, indolent, and stupid.” But this confuses connections that are obvious from the movie. The notably thinner predecessors of the currently obese inhabitants of the ship were themselves weak-willed, indolent, and stupid. These conditions far predated the switch over from a normal range of body types to the almost exclusively obese population. Indeed, their weak-willed nature, their indolence, their stupidity, and their obesity are all represented in the movie as caused by an over-reliance on machines to perform some of the most basic of human functions and a tendency toward over consumption.
Finally, allow me to make this point. IT’S JUST A MOVIE! I guess you could live a life where cartoon movies about distant places and points in time upset you. I guess you could be deeply bothered every time someone watches an old episode of Dumbo and the semi-racist depiction of African-Americans comes on the screen (you remember those crows don’t you?). But is it worth it? Nope.
How about we just enjoy a movie- a cartoon movie at that- as an example of animation that depicts an interesting story about a robot who falls in love and restores humanity. Whether you are from the right and dislike the movies environmentalists message, or you are from the fat acceptance movement and can’t stand how obese (and I mean morbidly obese) people are depicted I have one question for you. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to simply enjoy the movie?