Personal fitness trainer Drew Manning (’06) has received international media coverage for his quest to better understand his clients and promote healthy living. In May 2011, he began a six-month period of purposeful weight gain, during which he gained about 70 pounds. Soon he will begin his next six months, in which he plans to lose all the weight he has gained. His goal is to “inspire people to get fit, teach them how to do it and give them hope that it is possible to get fit and stay fit.”
According to an article on msnbc.com
, Manning said that he had never previously had any problems with weight gain, and he now understands the mental and emotional, as well as physical, reality of being overweight and experiencing food addictions.
Manning is conducting a fundraiser for the duration of his experience in which donors can pledge a certain amount of money for every pound
he loses. The proceeds will go to The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which targets childhood obesity.
(Post by Hannah Benson Rodriguez. Photos from Drew Manning.)