Carleton University in Ontario is now facing a backlash for their decision to remove the weighing scales from their gym and workout area. The move by the university admin indicates that the politically correct decision is implemented to avoid ‘triggering’ of overweight students.
According to the University, the decision is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends,” according to a report published by Fox News.
Bruce Marshall, the university manager for health and wellness pointed out that the move helps improve the mental well-being of the students. He insisted that the scales only serve to remind the students that they are overweight and would have a ‘negative impact’ on health.
“We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive effect on your health and well-being,” Marshal said in an interview with Canada’s The Charlatan broadsheet. “The body is an amazing machine and even when we are dieting and training it will often find a homeostasis at a certain weight.”
A number of students have been supportive of the move. According to one student, Samar El Faki said that “Scales are very Triggering”. He goes on to say that: “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, those opposed to the move say that people should learn to take responsibility for themselves according to Mark Miljusevic, a second-year computer science student at the university.
He posted on the school’s Facebook page that: “We shouldn’t remove something because some people abuse it. If they can’t handle the number that shows up on the scale then don’t step on it.”
Medical practitioners say that an individual’s true weight is best measured in the morning right after waking up and before eating breakfast. A warning though that fluctuations of several pounds from one’s day to day measure should not be a cause for concern. Doctors also indicate it is best to measure the weight only a few times per week specially for those who are trying to improve their health through exercise and diet.