A Canadian college has a full-scale controversy on its hands.
The decision to remove a scale from Ottawas Carleton University gymso students wont obsess over their weight has generated angry debate, the CBC reported Sunday.
The dispute began earlier this month when students noticed a sign had replaced the scale, saying it was removed in keeping with current fitness and social trends, the school newspaper the Charlatan noted.
Many fitness centres are moving away from having scales in their facilities because they are not considered a good health marker, local schools spokesman told The Huffington Post on Monday. We some educational informed on various health measurements as we were concerned that the focus is on weight.
Freshman Samar El Faki defended the move. Scales are very triggering, she said, per the Charlatan. I believe people are being insensitive since they are simply dont understand. They suppose eating disorder are a selection when they are actually a serious illness.
The CBC noted a similar argument in a post it screen-captured on social media.
But many critics, utilizing the hashtag #bringbackthescale, have lashed out at the move.
In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Bruce Marshall, the schools administrator of health and wellness, promoted those with fitness goals to use other standards to measure improvement.
If you have strength aims, try not to keep track of your bodyweight but rather the weight that you are lifting in different exerts every week, he said.
A school spokesman told HuffPost the matter isnt closed: We are listening to feedback and we will review further. One option we are considering is scales in both the womens and mens washrooms.
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