Transcript for Overweight Only Gym
In a culture that values -- the controversy rages on -- -- smile from plus size models posing for the cameras. -- like Lena Dunham proudly bearing at all in the new season ever hit show girls yeah person who just like my mouth. The -- bases comedian rebel Wilson tweet about -- cupcake hangovers. While Melissa McCarthy graced the cover of now -- her fans complained she had to cover up too much. Plus size is going main street clothing stores that market keeps close to big girls. I think in today's world when they're so many positive. It's you know role models out there Octavia Spencer a -- Melissa McCarthy from bridesmaids and I think they're changing the way things are viewed. Vogue Magazine notorious for featuring paper thin figures recently featured -- Kirby Kate Upton on the cover. So is there's still real shame -- being overweight. For Chris Sharon. Lewis and David. The answer is yes they are all -- had downsized fitness -- -- second. The Chicago Jim -- membership is reserved for the overweight only. There's a need for a place that heavy people need to go and concentrate on losing weight. They are all self described outcast from the mainstream GM -- Does not the culture of acceptance in America for overweight people. You can stole. Discriminate based on size -- -- is no part of the national arguments are overweight people still treated differently. One hot button issue overweight airline passengers should they have to -- an extra seat tomorrow. Blogger complete -- -- says she was humiliated by a Southwest Airlines gate agent in 2011. That -- -- came up to me and he began he asked me how much I read. He said that I was too fat to fly in bad need an additional -- Sharon has also felt the pain of harsh stairs and ridiculed. She joined downsize fitness last year. Starting to -- 376. And still reeling from the sting of a bad experience with -- personal trainer and a mainstream -- And and she is afraid of you know training effect person and -- what it was so I'll I was able to do was sit in that corner and worked on a treadmill. It may -- silica for Ohio like I didn't belong there but yet I was allowed to join. In six months and downsize -- Sharon dropped twenty pounds the workouts or stressful -- -- we asked of compartments that we. We call people with the -- what they only allowed membership to those at least fifty pounds overweight. You know the support that you're segregating the obese people why -- they need to have their own -- I respond -- -- -- perfect people to stay fit. I don't think they're built for fat people -- -- So and we -- -- but. We're segregated for reasons. Her goal weight 200 in 25. Lewis more than a year ago starting weight 310 pounds and he tried to lose weight at one of those other Jews and was a member for twelve years paying 75 dollars a month. But after only one year. He never went back. So for eleven years you paid for a gym membership and you never went there wasn't something or is comfortable going into the gym. Your on your own there's no in there to help you there's no -- to explain what you should be doing. Lewis has dropped fifty pounds in just six months. His goal weight when -- You're doing and -- Linus -- away. Exercise physiologist Jennifer urban trials says the program. Works is this a cop out in some ways and where does that. Do you start having grocery stores for big privileges are having bigger planes specifically for -- This. Is about making someone feel comfortable. Technique that changed twinkies and a healthy behavior it's not -- it's OK that -- big you can stay that we are. Chris is their biggest success story yet his first day he weighed nearly 550. Pounds. Almost two years later he's lost more than 250 pounds and hopes to get down to 190. Aside the fear and got the best I mean Chris took -- back to his neighborhood and we retrace the half block long walk that eventually. Brought him to -- I was like this. Houses and pull myself up and bad news -- two months. Now he's the most active members -- Jim. His BMI has decreased by 35 points. And his body fat percentage is down 20%. And a month ago he was part of a group that completed -- climb up the Willis tower. More than 2100 steps in 36 minutes full disclosure this is a battle I'm all too familiar with. When I was a teenager who weighed 356. Pounds the size 54 waste it -- -- years of dieting and exercising alone. Before I was able to bring down my way to live healthy. -- having others who understand the frustration of being obese. Would help -- there's definite success here people are losing a lot of weight here and it's a great place to do it. For Nightline and -- express in Chicago.
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