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Canadian University Removes Weight Scale from Campus Gym; Can You Guess Why?

Sure you can. Because a scale reading that tells you you’re overweight - which, if you are, is not likely some surprise revealed to you only because you stepped on a scale – may exert an unfortunate effect on your self-esteem, according to Carleton University of Ottawa.


A write-up over at Fox News about the school’s move to rid the campus gym of the evil device details that in place of where the scale once stood is now a sign that describes the school’s decision as one that is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends.”

Social trends, maybe; fitness trends? Hardly.

A manager of the facility, Bruce Marshall, says that making weight the focus of one’s exercise goals can be a bad thing.

“We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive effect on your health and well-being,” says Marshall. “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?”

Right, except in this case, where the scale has been removed entirely, a student can’t even make periodic checks of his or her weight at the gym. Marshall tries to defend the gym’s decision by taking the assumptive position that everyone who steps on a scale is “fixated” on their weight, and that they “obsess” over it. Not true. People typically like to step on scale once in a while to see where they’re at. That said, if one chooses to “obsess” over their weight, shouldn’t that be up to them?

Not according to the folks at Carleton College, apparently.

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large