Fear Weighs Heavy
Last week, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada removed the weight scale from its campus gym after several students complained that they were “triggered” by it the mere sight of it.
The college placed a sign where the scale used to be which stated their decision of removal was “keeping with current fitness and social trends.” That would be fine and dandy IF over 20% of Canadian adults weren’t classified as obese (Which is actually super healthy compared to the 36.5 of U.S. adults). And being overweight wouldn’t really matter If obesity wasn’t linked to potentially lethal health conditions such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer. But it does, so being overweight matters to everyone since it is such a burden on any health care system.
“We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive effect on your health and well-being,” said Bruce Marshall, the school’s manager of health and wellness programs. “The body is an amazing machine and even when we are dieting and training it will often find a homeostasis at a certain weight.”
“It takes weeks, even months to make a permanent change in your weight. So why obsess about it?” he told the Charlatan. “Why not look at other indicators?”
“Scales are very triggering,” Carleton University freshman Samar El Faki posted to Facebook. “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.”
I’m sure that most people aren’t super happy when they see their weight on the scale, but in this case ignorance isn’t the best approach. Also, since when does seeing a scale mean that your weight is announced to you as you walk by? Do these poor cupcakes get triggered when they go to the doctor’s office? Come on guys, weigh yourself, realize you’re fat, and get to work becoming a better you.
Hopefully none of these insecure individuals drive on interstate highways, because they might get triggered by this road sign as well.