I have my homepage set to Yahoo!… I came across this article as one of the top stories on the news ticker. A personal trainer has decided to make himself obese on purpose so that he can understand what it’s like to be obese. As fitness professionals, what are your thoughts on this? Please read the short article to understand his position before answering. http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/why-a-personal-trainer-is-making-h…
I know of one person who gained weight on purpose so that he could demonstrate that a certain fitness format would help you lose weight. It seemed kind of silly to me, but he did lose the weight doing said format.
I’d be interested in knowing what this person actually learned. Compassion isn’t easily learned, from what I’ve seen.
Never having been obese I can only relate in terms of my clients. It’s a hard circumstance, painful, embarrassing, and certainly hard to go upstairs. The amazing reality is that it can be overcome, as hard as that may be. Fat burns in the flame of carbohydrate. That’s why we need so many. It takes time and persistence, but it can be done.
Nasty. I just read about it. I relate with my obese clients. They cry, they joke about it, they hurt, they’re sick, they hate it, THEY ARE DYING EARLY and they know it! I don’t judge them and help them build support networks that don’t judge them. I’m not getting ill along side them; they are getting healthier along side me. I get out there and I meet them. I’ve been clothes shopping, grocery shopping, doctor visiting, house cleaning, and more with obese clientele. Maybe I’m an extreme also but I’m not going to injure myself like this guy. Points for publicity go to him though. (…still new to marketing I guess)