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A fitness magazine apologized for telling people to ‘burn off those Christmas calories’ with exercise

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You don’t have to ‘burn off’ food consumed over Christmas. Getty
  • Women’s Fitness magazine apologized for a tweet encouraging people to “burn off those Christmas calories” with exercise.

  • The tweet was condemned by health professionals for promoting the “damaging” notion that movement should be punishment for eating.

  • “Because exercise is too often portrayed as a way to burn off food, it’s not seen as an enjoyable part of life and therefore long-term health outcomes aren’t often achieved,” registered nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert told Insider.

  • Women’s Fitness did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for further comment.

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A British fitness magazine apologized after posting a tweet encouraging people to “burn off those Christmas calories” with exercise.

On December 27, Women’s Fitness tweeted: “Are you getting out for a run, walk or cycle today? It’s a great day to burn off those Christmas calories… post

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A fitness writer is facing backlash for saying she wouldn’t hire overweight people ‘because they are more lazy’

Samantha Yardley is a fitness writer based in Coventry, UK.
Samantha Yardley is a fitness writer based in Coventry, UK.

Samantha Yardley

  • A fitness writer is facing a backlash for saying she wouldn’t hire obese people.

  • Samantha Yardley first expressed her views in a 2019 article where she wrote that she wouldn’t work with overweight people because they are “lacking self-control” and might be “severely disturbed.”

  • This week, Yardley was interviewed on “This Morning” to discuss the issue further, and said she thinks life should be “more inconvenient” for obese people to encourage them to lose weight.

  • She has been widely criticized for her “beyond damaging” comments and for promoting diet culture.

  • “The toxicity in this piece is that your whole argument centers around shame, which is completely counterintuitive to supporting change,” said nutritionist Dr. Emilia Thompson.

  • Yardley stands by her comments, and told Insider that “the unpopular truth is that diet needs to be addressed in order to

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Planet Fitness Advises 200 People to Quarantine After Member Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Monday, June 29, CNN reported that more than 200 people who have used a now-open Planet Fitness in Morgantown, WV, are being urged to quarantine after a client tested positive for COVID-19. According to a statement released by the Monongalia County Health Department, anyone who was at that particular Planet Fitness between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, should stay home and practice quarantine safety for 14 days, which would be until July 8. The statement says that about 205 people were at Planet Fitness during that time, and that they should get tested if symptoms emerge.

Also according to the Monongalia County Health Department, West Virginia saw an increase of about 400 COVID-19 cases in the past 10 days since their statement was released on Saturday, June 27. “West Virginia, along with about half of the states

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