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Woman says exercising to lose weight is ‘fatphobic’ in viral video

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January 09, 2023

A video from TikTok has gone viral on Twitter for the sheer lunacy of a claim made by a young woman who asserted that going to the gym to lose weight is “fatphobic.”

The 36-second video features the caption, “It’s time to start focusing on the real benefits of exercise.” The woman begins the video by telling the camera, “What makes somebody fat-phobic at the gym? Let’s talk about it!”

She then proceeds to list why people might choose to go to the gym for aesthetic reasons, including wanting a “flat stomach” or “prioritizing leg day cause you want your butt to look super delicious.” She also lists alternative health-related reasons people might go to the gym, such as building a “strong core” and “strong glutes.”

The woman makes continual comparisons between aesthetic and health-related reasons people go to the gym, asserting that the former are “fat-phobic.”

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She concludes the video by stating, “Wanting to go to the gym doesn’t make anyone fatphobic, but the motivations why you go to the gym do.”

Twitter users were quick to voice their disagreement and confusion with the viral video, including former Maryland congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik, who wrote, “I personally go to the gym to avoid obesity-related diseases that will most likely put me in debt. Eventually, I would need taxpayers to pay my medical bills & that just seems really selfish. In short, I choose to be a contributing member of society rather than a burden.”. 

Twitter user Macaiyla hilariously tweeted, “Y’all just add phobic to anything these days hit a gym.”

The top comment was from Twitter user Jose Rodrigo, who perfectly encompassed the confusion by tweeting, “Being fat phobic with my self is the best motivation ever.”