Thursday, February 21, 2013
No Skinny People Allowed!
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 500 million people worldwide are obese. Many people with weight problems may find that going to the gym is a daunting task. They may feel as if they don’t belong when they are surrounded by fit individuals. In order to help those who need it the most, a new specialty gym, Downsize Fitness, has recently opened in Dallas, Texas and Chicago, Illinois that only allows members who are at least 50 pounds overweight. Downsize Fitness was inspired by the popular television show, The Biggest Loser, and its mission is to improve the health of those who are obese.
To make the gym a more inviting place for the self-conscious individual, there are no mirrors on the walls and the windows are frosted so others cannot see inside. Downsize Fitness is also equipped with specialized equipment made to handle excess weight. The staff focuses on motivating the participants while holding them accountable for their diets and workouts. With the expanding waist-lines of Americans, this may be exactly what cities around the country need in order to combat obesity!