A 294-pound British man, ordered by his doctor to lose weight, was declared too "unfit" to exercise and rejected by a council gym.
Andrew Dowland, 35, had been put on a weight-loss program by his doctor but the staff at Goldenstones in Somerset said his blood pressure was too high to workout, the Telegraph said.
Dowland, an NHS assistant management accountant, said he was "depressed" about his weight and eager to do something about it but felt overweight people would never get fit if not allowed on exercise machines.
The gym, run by South Somerset council, said Dowland was at risk of a heart attack.
Copyright 2006 by United Press International
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