Ottawa’s Carleton University is taking a uniquely academic approach to solving the issue of overweight students on campus by banishing the weigh scale from the campus gym.
Apparently the mere sight of such a measurement device is “triggering” for kids on campus carrying around a little too much junk in the trunk.
First-year student Samar El Fakim, told the Charlatan newspaper:
“Scales are very triggering. 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.”
Why don’t those in charge tell Samar that eating less and exercising more could have a positive effect on that “serious illness” once referred to as “being fat”?
Well, according to Bruce Marshall, manager of wellness programs at Carleton, “We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive effect on your health and well-being.”
Actually, unless students heading toward the quarter-ton mark want to endure myriad health complications and a premature death, it would indeed be prudent to get fixated on weight.
But instead of debating the issues, opinions are shut down lest they hurt some snowflake’s feelings. Similarly, a weigh scale turns from a wellness tool into a mean machine and just like hurtful opinions, calibrated weigh scales must go.
I think this was once called shooting the messenger.
One in four Canadian adults and one in 10 children are clinically obese but don’t cite this stat on the bubble-wrapped campus of Carleton University lest you “trigger” Large Marge and get charged with uttering hate speech.