Welcome to 2017 where even weight scales are now becoming offensive to folks! In fact, If you’re hoping to find a weight scale anytime soon in the Carleton University Gym in Canada, I wouldn’t hold my breath. That’s because weight scales have pretty much been banned from the gym after students deemed it to be “Triggering”. Now instead a sign has been put up in place of the scale, explaining that the decision to remove it is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends.” According to the report, The school’s manager of health and wellness programs, Bruce Marshall, told the school newspaper that focusing only on weight had a negative impact when it came to fitness and athletics.
“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.” Many of the students were onboard with the decision. Per the Charlatan, and 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.”