Dad slammed after he admits to paying his daughter, 22, to lose weight

9 October 2019, 12:12 | Updated: 9 October 2019, 12:25

A dad has been slammed for paying his daughter to go to the gym
A dad has been slammed for paying his daughter to go to the gym. Picture: PA Images/Getty Images
Naomi Bartram

By Naomi Bartram

A father from the US said he has “grown increasingly worried” for his daughter’s health.

One dad has gone viral after he admitted to paying his daughter to lose weight.

Sharing a message on Reddit's "Am I the A*****" forum, the father explained that he saw his 22-year-old’s money problems as a way of encouraging her to get healthy.

"I have grown increasingly worried for my daughter's weight,” he said, continuing: “It has gotten beyond the point of merely an aesthetic issue and I have genuine concerns about her health.”

After trying to ‘delicately’ speak to his child about her weight before, the parent said: “Currently she is not sufficiently motivated to do it, and is busy with her school and part time job so struggles to find time to go to the gym."

A man said he is now paying his daughter to lose weight
A man said he is now paying his daughter to lose weight. Picture: Reddit

He then went on to say he already pays for her tuition and rent, while the young women’s part-time job covers groceries bills and spending money, but she is forever wishing she earned more money “for leisure activities and clothes".

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The dad saw this as an opportunity to motivate his daughter to lose weight, as he said: "I suggested that if she start going to the gym, I would give her extra money.

"This is to serve as a motivator but also for practical reasons as she can pick up fewer shifts at her job and have more time to go to the gym."

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He currently pays his daughter $15 [£12] an hour to work out as he "did not think it was appropriate to pay her by pounds lost".

Despite admitting his wife is "disgusted" by the arrangement, he finally added: “I think I am helping her by replacing her shifts at her job with "shifts" at the gym - and financially compensating this.”

Unsurprisingly, the admission has now received over 1,000 comments, with users totally divided.

"Please please please please don't do this,” said one, while another agreed: “If you’re honestly concerned about her health why don’t you encourage her to speak with someone who’s actually qualified to make those calls instead.”

The dad has sparked a fierce debate
The dad has sparked a fierce debate. Picture: PA Images

And a third added: “The daughter really has to want to make those choices for herself or it's just not gonna stick.”

However, another social media user hit back: “It’s nice that you’re so supportive and invested in your child.”

And a second penned: “I see nothing wrong with the arrangement that you both seem quite happy with. $15 is minimum wage age where I am, and so it makes a lot of sense to incentivize her with lost pay from the job.”