Should Gyms Ban Skinny People?

Living 2012/06/20 20:53:29
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Did you ever notice that most gyms are filled with skinny people? So did Wendy McNary, an overweight woman in her early fifties who felt too out of place to join a fitness club. Until she discovered Body Exchange. You see, Body Exchange, in North Vancouver, Canada, admits only plus-size women.

For Wendy McNary, Body Exchange was exactly the kind of environment she was looking for. “It’s intimidating going into a gym setting,” she told The Province. “I honestly think some people in a gym setting are judgmental to people who are overweight or have a different body type.”

Now, she exercises six days a week, is training for her second 5K race and is down 50 pounds. But does it make sense to ban fit people from the gym? Louise Green, founder and CEO of Body Exchange, thinks it does. “Many of our clients have not had successful fitness pasts so I can see the anxiety before we get started and I can see the relief and happiness after we finish,” Green told The Province. “People are often too fearful to become active. There wasn’t a model that offered camaraderie.”

But we have to wonder: Do they throw you out once you slim down? How do they decide who is too skinny to join? And wouldn’t a gym that’s only for thin people offend everybody? Hmm…
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  • Rubyking 2012/06/20 20:56:40
    what if the skinny people want to bulk up. It's a freaking gymnasium, not a weight loss center.

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  • Emma Cay 2013/01/30 19:21:51
  • Jammie Carleson-Turner 2012/08/31 12:37:02
    Jammie Carleson-Turner
    that would be like banning fat people from McDonalds because they eat
  • Tom 2012/07/27 18:57:21
    I can understand the feeling of self consciousnesses on the part of someone with a weight problem but we have to stop the idea that if I have a problem with something then everyone else has to change to suit me.
  • TURTLE 2012/07/26 14:50:01
  • actionjksn 2012/07/11 17:15:22
    Only if it's OK to also have a gym that bans fatties.
  • uninformedluddite 2012/07/09 03:05:02 (edited)
    What? Do skinny people now oppress fat people just by having lower body mass than them? This world is going insane.
  • MaryLewis 2012/06/27 08:56:50
    What a stupid, pointless question.
  • LunarRain 2012/06/27 02:36:26
    If gyms ban skinny people then the skinny people might gain weight and while the fat people are working out they are loosing it. But then the fat people will be kicked out for becoming skinny and the recently skinny people will be allowed back in because they are now fat it would be an endless cycle. The fat people need to stop cing what others think of them and go to the gym for their own benefit. I also feel like if people see a fat person in a gym they arn't judging them, they are probably happy that they are doing somthing about it instead of just sitting around.
  • Angie 2012/06/24 20:25:51
    It's hypocritical to ban skinny people from a gym if you can't ban fat people from a gym. And some of us need to hit the weights to gain muscle. You never know what a person is battling in their daily life. Love yourself, and it won't matter who else is at the gym. There are plenty of gyms to choose from anyway, shop around and find the best fit for you.
  • uninfor... Angie 2012/07/09 03:17:24
    skinny people are banned from the fat chick gym though
  • Miss Mayhem ✗✗✗ 2012/06/23 23:53:25
    Miss Mayhem ✗✗✗
    The gym is open to everyone, and people have been fighting for rights like this for a long time. Can some people help that they eat and take care of their bodies better than others? No, they cannot.
  • Savannah White 2012/06/23 02:43:08
    Savannah White
    Just because people are skinny doesn't mean they have muscle it just means they eat right.
  • D.C.Verdone 2012/06/22 21:27:10
    Its a stupid and good idea. I love the idea behind it, but to ban skinny people is just retarded.
  • chrissy 2012/06/22 20:22:11
    It would be reasonable to have a weight loss area for people who are overweight for their age an height and an area for getting toned, fit, and buff.
  • BlackHampster 2012/06/22 19:14:33
    picking my answer then scrolling down to see who said "yes"
  • KingEli 2012/06/22 18:35:34
    skinny people need a place to play B-ball too
  • bman~AVA~BTTB 2012/06/22 18:21:27
    Seems like to me that it would be a feather in the gym's cap to have all those skinny fit folks there. They can say see? Those folks were also overweight but they exercised to the point that they now look like they do.
  • wqerwqerwe 2012/06/22 17:45:05
    Skinny people have to be there to gain weight. This poll is just stupid. Whoever thought it up is a fat idiot with no education.
  • Romesh ... wqerwqerwe 2012/06/24 15:24:24
    Romesh Raban
    HAHAHAHAHA... you are exactly correct bruh...
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/06/22 17:27:53
    Margaret Jacobson
  • JoeM~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/22 16:08:14
    On the other hand, as a marketing gimmick, the plus only idea sounds like a good one. there are enough persons that are self conscience about their appearance to make Ms McNary a tidy sum.
  • Bob 2012/06/22 15:58:16
    Who asked this question!?
  • Rachel 2012/06/22 14:59:45
    It's one thing to advertise and market towards overweight people, to emphasize on their membership, but it's another thing altogether to ban thin and/or in shape people from joining.
  • whateverbabynevermind 2012/06/22 13:43:17
    Where would the fat people go once they lost the weight? What if you have lost a lot of weight and then you aren't let into gyms and you gain the weight again? It isn't skinny people's fault other people are fat, and they shouldn't be banned just because someone else cannot control their weight.
  • desperatedan 2012/06/22 13:24:03
    That would not be fair to skinny people they have a right to get fit just as much as fat people what if you were to ban fat people just because they might do damage to the equipment because their weight would be that much heavier.
  • Sailorboy 2012/06/22 11:26:37
    Gyms are there for people to exercise and get in shape, so where's the logic in banning anyone from it?????? I think its absolutely stupid to say that fit people intimidate you when you go to a gym... unless the others at the gym make inappropriate comments and ridicule you there is nothing to get offended by.... if at all being amongst people who are fit can actually be a motivator for you to never loose sight of your own goal of getting in to shape be it to loose weight and tone down for those who are over-weight or to gain weight and get a toned body for those who are skinny!!!!
  • Kigan 2012/06/22 11:06:25
    Oh, I'm sorry, I was under the impression gyms were for exercising and staying in shape - not specifically weight loss centers.
  • myteemouth 2012/06/22 09:23:14
    Everyone needs exercise not just people trying to lose weight and you can be "plus size" and look thin -I think if a gym was only admitting people of one body type say "skinny" plus size people would be upset
  • Farwa 2012/06/22 09:14:00
    No just because someone is skinny it doesn't mean they don't wanna stay in shape... exercise is a daily thing
  • KrazyArchyGurl 2012/06/22 07:35:26 (edited)
    Should we ban fat people from Taco Bell?
  • DebraJMSmith 2012/06/22 05:41:13
    But it is their right to.
  • whispering hands 2012/06/22 05:33:10
    whispering hands
    Being skinny does not mean that you are in shape and fit. Gyms aren't solely meant for just losing weight.
  • Eli Johansen 2012/06/22 04:53:56
    Eli Johansen
    what happens when rheyre no longer plus sized?
  • gcpajunen 2012/06/22 04:04:15
  • LarryStylinson 2012/06/22 02:58:07
    Aw no one voted on this from North Dakota or New Hampshire
  • RoseyRhod 2012/06/22 02:53:52
    Who the flying flock asks these questions? In general, gyms should allow anybody, regardless of size, to work out. Working out is good for people of EVERY size and ability.
    As a plus size woman myself, I can see where this woman is coming from, though.
    Believe it or not, when a larger person tries to exercise, we tend to get harassed. Because some nasty individuals take it upon themselves to show their disgusting prejudices. In a regular gym, this happens more often than those of you who are not large might realize. And even if there isn't direct harassment, people will see it as their sovereign duty to come give the fatty advice, assuming that said fatty is an exercise newbie. More often than you might think, said fatty exercises faithfully.
    This is a specialized setting for people of a certain body type, so they won't have to endure being mooed at or treated with disdain or treated like stupid children while they're trying to do their thing. Those with thin privilege have no idea what it's like to try and work out in a public place when you're a larger person.
    I'm not reading the comments on this one. I don't have enough Sanity Watchers points. I can just see them now. "Fatties, bla bla bla, fatty, bla, derp!"
    I wonder if people who think it's okay to rip on another person for their body type ever re-read what they've written and see just how IQ-impaired they sound.
  • Kyle 2012/06/22 02:45:37
    Gyms aren't just to lose weight, they're to maintain healthy ones.
  • Arianne 2012/06/22 02:15:21
    Bannin gskinny people is the same as banning plus sized people. Its a gym where people work out to get fit. Some want to put on muscle and weight others want to go slim.
  • Bigbrowneyes 2012/06/22 02:02:11
    I agree with the top comment; why do people assume gyms are about weight loss? Don't people know that you don't magically stay in shape anyway? How do you think they stay in shape? Magic pills? Do you want to boot them out so that they can put on a few pounds and come back?

    And will athletes will be forced to work out outside? The overweight are not being discriminated against solely because they are a minority. Jeez...
  • myteemouth Bigbrow... 2012/06/22 09:25:37
    no people dont know that and in case you havent looked around these days overweight are not a minority-I used to be heavy and lost weight and some of the heavier people I know think its some magic wand i waved in reality it was hard work
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