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Scales are very triggering': Students weigh in on decision to remove scale from college's gym

The gym at Carleton University in Canada no longer has a scale since being "fixated on weight" isn't healthy. (Image source: YouTube screen cap)

The gym at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, no longer has a scale.

The decision is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends,” according to a sign posted where the scale used to stand,  the Charlatan reported.

Bruce Marshall, manager of health and wellness for Carleton Athletics, told the campus newspaper that "being fixated on weight" has no positive effect on "health and well-being" and that it "takes weeks, even months to make a permanent change in your weight. So why obsess about it?"

Marshall told the Charlatan that body measurements can change “dramatically” without big weight changes and that other useful indicators include cardiovascular fitness and overall strength.

But some students at the Canadian college aren't down with removing the scale.

Marko Miljusevic, a second-year computer science student, said in a Facebook message that "if they can’t handle the number that shows up on the scale,, then don’t step on it," the Charlatan reported.

“People that dislike how they look will dislike how they look regardless of a number being attached to it,” Miljusevic added, the paper reported.

But Samar El Faki, a first-year student, said taking away the scale helps those with eating disorders.

“Scales are very triggering,” she wrote, according to the Charlatan. “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.”

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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