There are a lot of social advantages that come to people with average and below-average weights for their heights. It is generally bullshit, but it is true: American society has a tendency to favor, admire and respect those with body types and proportions that have been deemed conventionally attractive, regardless of health. Now, a share house in Japan has taken it to the next level by offering tenants lowered rent in exchange for losing weight.
The Lady Share House B&D, an “all-female, communal residential facility in Osaka, Japan,” has begun deducting 1,000 yen (approximately $10 USD) from rent each month for each 2.2 pounds tenants lose – and increasing rent for those who gain weight. Residents are weighed every three months and “rent is determined by multiplying the renter’s weight in kilograms by 1,000 yen, in addition to a 38,000 yen floor price.”
Exercise equipment, snacks and beauty products are made available to renters in order to “discourage” them from being unhealthy (because mascara obviously makes people love kale).
Besides the obvious fat-shaming aspects that come with this “incentive,” it is also discriminatory to those who may have medical conditions that do not allow them to exercise as much or lose weight easily. It’s also a bit strange that this is being done at a home for exclusively women, but let’s be honest: most things that pertain to weight loss are.