Posted on May 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM
Thursday, May 8 at 1:43 PM
Charles Barkley is messing with San Antonio once again. The NBA analyst on TNT made a number of jokes poking fun at San Antonio women and their weight.
However, many aren’t laughing including two nationwide organizations aimed to help overweight people. Both groups said obesity is not a joking matter.
What Barkley doesn’t see is people working hard to stay fit and live healthy lifestyles. Alita Barrera is one of them. She and her husband are working to lose weight and she said she found Barkley’s comments offensive.
“There’s a lot of gorgeous beautiful women here,” said Barrera. “Size doesn’t really depend on whose beautiful or not, it’s on the inside that really counts.”
“I would tell Charles Barkley that he needs to take a few lessons from San Antonio about our obesity reduction,” said Jessica Rios who works with SA2020.
Rios is a health and fitness specialist for the group and as part of its (SA2020) mission to transform San Antonio, it’s working to lower the obesity rate. Rios said from 2010 to 2012 the adult obesity rate dropped from 31 to 29 percent, which translates to 70,000 people losing the bulge.
“It’s very encouraging to see this change and this growth in San Antonio,” said Rios.
Rios said exercise groups have played a huge role in trimming obesity in the city. One group KENS-5 came across meets every Wednesday at O.P. Schnabel park. The group said it would love nothing more than to see if Barkley could hang with them.
"Have you seen him lately?" said Terri Sinclair. "He's all talk and no show. Tell him to come out and join us and we'll show him what it's all about."
What might surprise some people about Barkley's comments is the fact that he himself has served as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers. KENS-5 reached out to Weight Watchers to see what it thought about Barkley's comments, but haven't received a response back.