Scales are very triggering – University removes

Mar 13, 2017 by

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‘Those who are offended by the scale can simply choose not to use the scale.’

By Joe Lofaro –

Carleton University is feeling the burn from students on social media for removing a weight scale from its gym to promote a more holistic approach to a healthy body image.

The recent move isn’t sitting well with several students who are accusing the school of kowtowing to a small group of gym users who are easily offended.

“Next it will be the mirrors. #bringbackthescale,” wrote one Carleton student on Facebook, while another said online, “Are you for real, Carleton? What a sick joke.”

Details of the scale controversy were first reported in the university’s student-run newspaper, The Charlatan, on Thursday. In more social media reaction, others wondered if the online article was satire.

The paper quotes one student as saying, “Scales are very triggering” for people with eating disorders.

University ‘may reconsider’ decision to remove scale from gym

In an email to CBC News, Bruce Marshall, manager of wellness programs at Carleton, said it was the recreation and athletics department’s decision to remove the scale and that it wasn’t based on complaints.

Following three days of online backlash from students, Marshall told CBC, “we will weigh the pros and cons and may reconsider our decision.”

The scale was removed two weeks ago “in keeping with current fitness and social trends,” Marshall explained in his email.

Source: Carleton University faces backlash after scale removed from gym – Ottawa – CBC News

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