With the all the attention that the body positive movement has been getting, you'd think that most people in the fitness industry would know that it's not okay to make comments about what anyone's body should or shouldn't look like. That's why, when a Gold's Gym franchisee in Egypt (many of the chain's gyms are individually owned) posted a photo on Facebook yesterday stating that pear-shaped bodies were "no shape for a girl," commenters, and the internet in general, vehemently spoke out against it.
The original Facebook post has been removed, but not before the image that was offensive to so many went viral.
The Egyptian franchise tried to save face by stating that they didn't mean to criticize the body shape that many women naturally have, but rather they were alluding to pears being a healthy fruit to eat when you're "cutting fats." Riiight. Clearly, outraged customers and social media followers didn't buy this explanation.
— Meghan Tonjes (@meghantonjes) August 16, 2016
Even celebrities like Abigail Breslin weighed in on the controversy, writing in a lengthy Instagram caption that "Working out should be something that you do for yourself, your health and your mind & body, not cuz a corporation declares your body shape isn't what girls should look like."
The gym's HQ responded with the below Facebook statement, which notes that the offending franchise has been terminated and that the company is "dedicated to helping people feel empowered by fitness, not intimidated or ashamed by it." So on the plus side, it's good news that Gold's Gym HQ is taking the issue seriously. Read the full response here: