Carleton University faces severe criticism for removing weight scales from its campus “in keeping with current fitness and social trends.” The school’s manager for health and wellness, Bruce Marshall, says the move is meant to improve the health and mental well-being of students, claiming that focusing only on weight impacted negatively on fitness.
“We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive effect on your health and well-being,” he said to the Charlatan. “The body is an amazing machine and even when we are dieting and training it will often find a homeostasis at a certain weight.”
The manager may be right that measuring the circumference of your girth can be a more effective fitness indicator than the number on the scale. However, without the scale, students who want to lose or gain weight can no longer track their progress. Several other athletes also need the scale.
The scale is also important for athletes who rely on those measurements to gauge their weight class in sports like boxing and wrestling.
Several students were completely onboard with the decision. Per the Charlatan, one student named Samar El-Faki said it was a good call that accommodated people with eating disorders.
“Scales are very triggering,” she said. “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.”
But she was in the minority, as many other students criticized the college for pandering to special snowflakes. “Next it will be the mirrors,” wrote another student on Facebook.
Speaking to CBC, Marshall says that the school will reconsider its decision to remove the scale due to the backlash. “We shouldn’t remove something because some people abuse it,” said Marko Miljusevic, a second-year student. “If they can’t handle the number that shows up on the scale then don’t step on it.”