A Gym That Bans Skinny People?

A row of treadmills at a gym
A gym? Banning skinny people?

You’ve heard of discrimination against overweight people, but what about discrimination against thin people? You’ve probably never heard of this…until now.

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A gym in Canada bans “skinny people” from their gym…

Slim and svelte? Then you may be banned from Canada’s new gym Body Exchange, which business model focuses primarily on obese people. In fact, they say that thin people “bring down morale.”

Founder and CEO Louise Green said that the gym is a “safe haven” for overweight people who may be intimidated to work out in the presence of those who are fit.

“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,” she said. “People are often too fearful to become active. There wasn’t a model that offered camaraderie. I used to walk into fitness classes where nobody would even say ‘Hi.’ This has got to be fun or it’s not going to work.”

And, Body Exchange client Lisa Schaffer said she loves that there aren’t “tiny little Lululemon people running around” the gym.