In Canada, Carleton University campus officials have made the formal decision to get rid of weight scales in their gym and fitness rooms.
The reason for the removal stems from students who believe that weight scales are “triggering” them and that the university should be “keeping with current fitness and social trends.” Bruce Marshall, the school’s manager of health and wellness programs, commented to The Charlatan about the controversial decision.
“We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive effect on your health and well-being. The body is an amazing machine and even when we are dieting and training, it will often find a homeostasis at a certain weight.”
“Scales are very triggering,” said Samar El-Faki, a student at Carleton. “I think people are being insensitive because they simply don’t understand. They think eating disorders are a choice when they are actually a serious illness.”
However, other students have contrasting opinions to those of El-Faki and Marshall, stating that the decision is pandering to liberal students who are removing the chance for students to keep track of their weight loss/gain progress. One student on Facebook even wrote: “Next it will be the mirrors.”
“We shouldn’t remove something because some people abuse it,” said sophomore student Marko Miljusevic. “If they can’t handle the number that shows up on the scale, then don’t step on it.”
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