The producers of Bluey have deleted a controversial scene from a recent episode that attracted criticism for its portrayal of weight.

Bluey is one of the most universally-loved children’s shows on the planet right now, but the episode titled ‘Exercise’ divided opinions on the messaging it’s sending to children.

And now ABC Kids has released a statement, saying the episode has been republished, following a decision by the makers of the program.

“The new version provides families with the opportunity to manage important conversations in their own way.”

Titled ‘Exercise’ the new episode previously started with Bluey’s dad Bandit and mum Chilli both weighing themselves on the scales in the bathroom, with Bluey and Bingo watching on. Both Bandit and Chilli remark, “Oh man,” when they see their weight on the scales, with Bandit telling Bluey “I just need to do some exercise”. Chilli adds, “Tell me about it.”

The scene also includes Bandit grabbing at his tummy while looking in the mirror. And while many fans have come out in support of the episode’s messaging around being active, others say it’s damaging. The scene has now been deleted.


Paediatric Dietitian Dr Kyla Ringrose took her concerns to Instagram after the episode first aired, saying while she’s a huge Bluey fan, watching Bandit and Chilli weigh themselves and ‘openly hate on their bodies in front of their kids was uncomfortable’.

“The exercise as punishment message did turn around in the end thankfully,” Dr Ringrose continued. “I love the message about being active WITH your kids but this wasn’t good watching at the start.

She said she received lots of messages from other viewers who agreed and had turned the episode off.

“Bluey specialises in being relatable for parents, and I love that,” Dr Ringrose said. “But they’re equally progressive and aware of current social issues and this episode is really out of step. Kids do not need to be watching parents hate on their bodies or exercise to get thinner. They missed a big opportunity here.”


Butterfly, a charity for Australians impacted by eating disorders and body image issues, addressed the controversy around the episode on Facebook, saying: “Butterfly recognises that while it’s important to promote healthy attitudes towards physical activity and exercise, this should not be linked to weight loss or body size/shape. Encouraging children to joyfully move their body, because it’s something fun and enjoyable, will always be far more productive and healthier than shaming someone into moving because of their body weight.”

Fans themselves are divided over the episode.

“I politely disagree,” wrote anniemae18 on Instagram. “Scales are only a bad thing if you make them. They can be very useful eg in getting correct dosages, measuring growth (I had a chronically ill child). The first 30 seconds hardly registered to me, I just saw a dad incorporating exercise into his day in a fun way with his kids, teaching them the importance of it and that exercise also doesn’t have to be a big deal.”

However mollymorganj said,”I was soooo disappointed with the episode. If they’d started it with the doctor telling Bandit his blood pressure is a bit high and he needs to make time to move his body, it could’ve been a lovely episode about making exercise fun and including your kids…but noooo it had to be weight = unhealthy, exercise is about weighing less and exercise is a chore! I expected so much more from Bluey.”

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  • Personally, I don’t see what the big deal was.


  • Wow


  • wow, real life is triggering?


  • I think that whilst many children may not consciously register what is happening, the association of happiness being dependant weight is still being portrayed. Good on the ABC and Bluey for making this change and making steps to promote health.


  • People so often look at something with their eyes and adult thoughts, children would not register this at all. They would just see the dad exercising and wish their dad exercised with them.


  • It’s just a kids cartoon and I don’t think they would have thought twice about it. It’s the parents who were watching it and it hit home to them.


  • Cancel culture, or woke culture, has won again.


  • I feel like it’s a step too far to actually edit the program, there is much worse out there


  • Seriously people? It’s a cartoon for children, not a political or social commentary forum. There’s nothing negative about expressing opinions about exercise and good health.


  • I think people need to stop being so sensitive- yes, there’s eating disorders. But there is also obesity, which is a much bigger problem.


  • I had no issues with the episode and some people are just becoming too sensitive with everything. The ABC shouldn’t have to apologise or change the scene.


  • I don’t agree with fat shaming, however (and this itself may be controversial) but I don’t think that the body positive movement is always the best option either, as I see it encouraging overweight/obesity, yes is bad to body shame, but being over weight isn’t healthy either and I think society is now sort of accepting that to be the “norm”
    I don’t see how it’s offensive to put on weight and realise you need to make some changes to your life


  • I watched the episode and found nothing at all offensive about it. They were trying to point out the huge problem with people’s weight nowadays. Obviously it hit a nerve. Pity they weren’t strong enough to ignore the minority!! I loved the fact that they both ended up playing more outside with their children.


  • Seriously… This has gone tooooooo far! People are so literal and sensitive. Really they missed the whole point of the meaning behind the episode.
    Since they had to “delete” thus scene, maybe my fakoly and I may boycott Bluey altogether. Im disappointed with this silly censorship. I am really upset.

    And mind you… i have had body self esteem issues for most of my life but I learnt to understand myself as I became an adult. This episode really showed encouraging message about looking after yourself as you get older cause as you get older, you can’t lose weight easily like young people can


  • I was not bothered by this episode, but I can understand why some people found it difficult.


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