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A gym in Vancouver, British Columbia has taken an extra step to ensure that its clientele feels comfortable - they've banned thin people from their gym, in favor of a strictly plus-size gym community.

Read the full article here. working out woman

In an effort to make the fitness center more appealing and less intimidating to larger potential gym-goers, Body Exchange will only accept overweight clients.

As Body Exchange founder and CEO Louise Green told TheProvince.com:

"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."

Does banning skinny people from using a gym foster a safe and supportive community, or does it wrongly paint all skinny people as being rude or unfriendly?

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@ 12:06am ET on June 22, 2012 .

During our current tough economic times, there is a business that is purposely turning clients away? Shame on them!!!! Hope they go "belly up".

To me, "we the people" are way too focused on outer body shape. Too round, too skinny, too much around the bum, too much around the gut. Being "fit" is NOT about one's outer shape. Its about inner fitness. How is one's BP, how is one's cholestoral, how is one's hbA1C, how is one's cardio depth, how is one's endurance depth? These inside the body numbers are the things that really matter in life.

If wondering, my body is a typical football player shape. Short legs, large upper torso, a gut that dangles out. Typical older age body shape (on the outside). But, I can swim across the cottage lake and back every weekend. I can jog up 15 flights of stairs and I can jump rope 100 skips - without stopping / fumbling. And, I do tread mill jogging for 45 minutes without stopping. My fitness enduring depth runs circles around many "skinny Barbie / skinny Ken doll shape" younger age folks. Yet, they are seen as "fit" and my body is seen as "over weight". All because the media makes skinny people appear to be in better fitness (compared to round body shape folks like myself). In reality, its the skinny "cannot run up stairs" folks who are the one's who need fitness centre improvement access... Like they say, never judge a book by its outer cover. Regardless of outer body shape, it's the inside health numbers and inside fitness numbers / endurance depth level that really matters in life.

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