Most people on one scale: Scale Back Alabama breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
MONTGOMERY, AL, USA -- A total of 157 people packed the scale at Sabel Steel in Montgomery, Ala., to set a new World Record for most people on one scale, breaking the Guinness World Records world record of 130, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: A total of 157 people packed the scale at Sabel Steel in Montgomery, Ala., to set a new World Record for most people on one scale on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, breaking the record of 130. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the greatest number of people being weighed on a single scale was 130 and was achieved by Avery Weigh-Tronix (UK) at the Recycling and Waste Management Event at the Birmingham National Events Centre, Birmingham, UK, on 16 September 2010. The 130 participants weighed 10,600 kg (23,369 lb) in total.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as nurses; it is 691 and was achieved by Dubai Health Authority (UAE) in Dubai, UAE, on 24 January 2014.
The Alabama group weighed in at a collective 30,400 pounds and helped kick off the 10 th year of the state's largest weight loss and exercise program, Scale Back Alabama.
"Having this many people come out at the crack of dawn in cold weather was amazing," said Rosemary Blackmon, executive vice president/coo of the Alabama Hospital Association. "But even more amazing is the fact that Scale Back Alabama has lasted 10 years and has resulted in a statewide weight loss of more than 1.2 million pounds.
The record ‐ breaking event was held at Sabel Steele in Montgomery and was carefully documented by witnesses and videographers.
"It's very difficult to quantify the tremendous benefits of Scale Back Alabama," said Tom Miller, MD, acting state health officer. "The evidence shows that obesity has serious health consequences, and unfortunately, Alabama ranks near the top in terms of adult obesity. However, it's also been proven that programs like Scale Back Alabama that offer incentives, education and the accountability of a team member go a long way in encouraging healthy lifestyles."
Scale Back Alabama is a public awareness program sponsored by the Alabama Hospital Association, the Alabama Department of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.