And you perfectly captured why I stopped going to the gym. I was like you: I wanted to swim and my ortho doc suggested water aerobics while I recovered from surgery. But they insisted on the stupid assessment. As if I needed someone to tell me I was fat. Even more, it’s always out in front of everyone (i.e., the skinny, athletic members) who can laugh, point, and comment on your lack of fitness.
Meanwhile, smokers and alcoholics get to enjoy praise and higher salaries, despite using as much in health insurance. No stigma there, though, because it isn’t visible.