OTTAWA – A decision by Carleton University to remove weight scales from the campus fitness centre is being met with mixed reaction.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, the decision was made in an effort to promote positive body image, with the school telling the paper, a measure of pounds alone “does not provide a good indication of health.”
While the move has been met with some positive reaction from students who had called the scales “triggering,” many have taken to social media to voice their displeasure.
So #Carleton gym removed the scale so that people won't be offended by the measurement it provides. Novel concept, don't step on the scale.
— Aaron Bens (@TacticsAdvanced) March 10, 2017
From experience, learning not to get on every scale you see is part of ED recovery. Carleton is not helping students by removing scales.
— Liana Kerzner (@redlianak) March 13, 2017
They removed the weight scale from the Carleton gym because people felt offended… this cannot be real
— Skylar Bruce (@TheYoungBruce) March 12, 2017
Heard about @Carleton_U removing the scale from the gym. Embarassing as an alumni. Smarten up. Everyone there is an adult. Act like it.
— Luke Côté (@lilyliveredlib) March 12, 2017
Meantime, this Twitter user has an idea to meet in the middle.
Could Carleton University put the scale in a private location so that it is not visible or easily accessible to those who are triggered?
— Fix your face (@joiedevivre212) March 12, 2017