Last Chance U removes gym scales because ‘triggering’ to eating disorder sufferers

13 Mar

A couple decades back, Carleton University in Ottawa was widely known as ‘Last Chance U’, because people who couldn’t get in to any other Ontario universities could reliably get into that school. Harsh, but justified, IMO.

Seems like they want to be mocked and ridiculed some more, given this:

Carleton Athletics has decided to remove the scale from the gym.

A sign where the scale used to be stated it was removed to encourage people to focus on other ways of measuring their health beyond just their weight.

The sign stated the decision to remove the scale is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends.”

Bruce Marshall, manager of health and wellness at Athletics, said focusing only on weight can have a negative impact.

“We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive affect on your health and well-being,” Marshall said in an email. “The body is an amazing machine and even when we are dieting and training it will often find a homeostasis at a certain weight.”

Marshall added it can take a long time to see a change in weight.

“It takes weeks, even months to make a permanent change in your weight. So why obsess about it?” he said. “Why not look at other indicators?”

According to Marshall, other indicators to look at include girth measurements, which can change “dramatically,” without much of a weight change. This involves measuring the circumference of areas such as the torso, legs, and arms to record progress.

He added people can also set goals in terms of cardiovascular fitness and overall strength, instead of only focusing on the number on the scale.

Blah blah blah; bullshit; here’s the real reason:

“Scales are very triggering,” she said. “I think people [who disagree with taking it out] are being insensitive because they simply don’t understand. They think eating disorders are a choice when they are actually a serious illness.”


People have rightly ridiculed and poked fun at the decision:

In online forums, the reaction was not exactly sympathetic. “Great policy,” one wrote. “Next up, ban calculators because I’m flunking calculus and seeing them triggers me.”

Another said the scale “had it coming” because it was a terrible liar. One suggested the centre should also ban mirrors.

Others lamented the loss, calling the scale “a useful tool.”

“No one is forced to step on a scale, just like no one is forced to use the squat rack. It’s an unfortunate decision to remove a useful tool that all gyms should have.”

Way to go, Last Chance U.


36 responses to “Last Chance U removes gym scales because ‘triggering’ to eating disorder sufferers

  1. Dirtnapninja

    March 13, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I went to Carleton in the early 90’s. Even then the Campus was run by the GLBT society. I absolutely hated it there.

    I dropped out and went to a local community college to learn a tradde instead. Much more enjoyable experience.

    • Will S.

      March 13, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Ottawa U wasn’t any better, either, when I was there in the early 90s; just as lousy with those activists… I, too, hated it, and also ended up dropping out, and also ended up at a community college acquiring more practical skills, then later finished my degree elsewhere, at a smaller school with more individual attention from the profs and admin; also very P.C. (like every uni from then and since), but still superior in all the ways that counted. 🙂

      • Dirtnapninja

        March 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm

        You an Ottawa boy? i went to the Gonk. Absolutely loved it there.

      • Will S.

        March 13, 2017 at 11:49 pm

        No, but I have lived in Ottawa a few different times, for school and work. 🙂

        I am from eastern Ontario, though. 🙂

  2. feeriker

    March 13, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I can see stepping on a scale being “triggering” if said scale bellowed out “HEYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! GOD DAMMIT, YOU GUYS, GET OFF OF ME! ONE GUY AT A TIME, PLEASE!!!!!”

    Otherwise, it’s just an inanimate farking machine, ferfarkssake. As “Aaron Bens” was kind enough to point out, something grownups should already be aware of and not need pointed out to them: if what the scale is going to show you will surely offend/upset you, just DON’T STEP ON THE DAMN THING (AND RISK BREAKING IT AND CALLING EVEN MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR INSECURITIES).

    • Will S.

      March 13, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      LOL! 🙂

    • rednig

      March 13, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Yo, exactly. What about the other 98% who need the scale?

    • Take The Red Pill

      March 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

      It’s likely that they weren’t “triggered”* by the scale — it’s just that the scale wasn’t showing what they wanted to see; and these SJW types are interested only in what THEY want.
      Sorry, but only FEW people can lose weight without effort (and I’m not one of them, either) — sorry, but it takes EFFORT and WORK, i.e., dieting and exercise to lose weight. Even people who have had gastric bypass surgery regain their weight because they don’t/won’t change their habits (I’ve seen it happen).

      * I HATE sloppy, weak language that these PC weaklings come up with to justify their juvenile sensitivities.

      • Will S.

        March 14, 2017 at 9:18 pm

        Yeah, a buddy of mine went under the knife for one of them there gastric bands; didn’t work in the long run, couldn’t help eating and drinking as much as he wanted to, despite his shrunken stomach… Eventually had to have it removed. Oops!

  3. rednig

    March 13, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I do not have a bathroom scale. I use the one at the gym and get a grin at least several times a week because i lost a pound. If I lost a pound, how much am I gaining in muscle? This is gross stupidity and neglecting the many because of the few. Eating is a mental disorder, yep, and each time I tried to stop I suffered severe withdrawal. Because of too much hospital time and no vehicle, I topped 300. One week just swimming, and it’s at that now, and falling. Stay away from the carbs, and you’ll lose the loser-ism. Eat like a Native American should, low carbs, but lots of mean, no gluten!, plenty of fruit and veggies, honeyed carrots, low dairy but butter. I love Native American cooking. If it ain’t deep fried, is it food? And my doctor is going bald from hair-pulling because the LDL is consistently low, sugar is good to great, HDL now getting back to good because of the pool. NO GLUTEN, more energy and a new vehicle make the gym great again. I love that freekin scale. It makes me smile.

    • Will S.

      March 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Hey man, glad to hear you’re on the downward trend, weight-wise! Keep it up, bro! You can do it. 🙂

      I’ve heard of people doing well on native-themed diets; whatever works for you! 🙂

  4. Cecil Henry

    March 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Remember when the purpose of education was to make yourself stronger, more rational, more moral and more immune to being ‘triggered’?

    Education was about toughening up intellectually and morally, so that you can handle reality.

    Now its about someone else subsidizing your illusions, and paying for you to avoid reality.

    What a joke. It will lead to MORE suffering, not less.

  5. scarecrow72

    March 14, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Play-Doh and crayons didn’t cut it I guess.

    Maybe I can capitolize on this,, and make a scale that you first type in the amount you wish you weighed before stepping on it.

    Gotta get a patent attorney on the phone…

    • Will S.

      March 14, 2017 at 1:28 am


      I just realized what’s next: they’re going to ban those: “Guess your weight!” folks at county fairs; too ‘triggering’, doncha know. Never mind that you pay them to guess…

  6. infowarrior1

    March 14, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Now I know why God puts mankind through suffering. Our fallen flesh needs it to even function. We are no longer fit for Eden even if we manage to get back in.

    Stare at how ease makes the trivial significant.

  7. infowarrior1

    March 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

    • Take The Red Pill

      March 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      So, breaking that scale is going to help that heifer lose weight?
      She should drop the carbs and be more active instead.
      Oh, yes, I’m being “oppressive” and “patriarchal” by being logical instead of being “sensitive” to “her feelz”.

      • feeriker

        March 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm

        She probably never had a chance to step on the scale. As soon as it saw her approach, it shrieked “OH, HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLL NO!!!!” and self-destructed in order to avoid getting crushed.

      • Will S.

        March 14, 2017 at 11:21 pm

        LOL! 🙂

      • infowarrior1

        March 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm

        She can simply break the scale by jumping on it. But she won’t even do that 🙂

      • Will S.

        March 14, 2017 at 11:22 pm

        I know, right? Idiot couldn’t even think of that. 😉

    • Will S.

      March 14, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      For a big gal, sure doesn’t have much arm strength; took her quite a few whacks… 😉

  8. Socially Extinct

    March 18, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Ban science!

    Cold, hard data are so mean and they don’t fluctuate in unison with my sensitivities!

    • Will S.

      March 18, 2017 at 10:53 am

      That’s the mentality!

      • Socially Extinct

        March 18, 2017 at 11:21 am

        I’m a very, very (to an autistic fault [though I’m not]) analytical, cold person and I rarely let emotion cloud my views and reactions and this is a very alienating quality to possess today 😦

      • Will S.

        March 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

        Between that and being an introvert, I’m surprised our Brave New World Order hasn’t yet found a way to lock you up! 😉

      • Socially Extinct

        March 18, 2017 at 11:50 am

        🙂 I think the Brave New World knows it has nothing to fear from the voiceless like me and that they can rely on the ‘working human cultural system’ to drown out my muffled screams without having to intervene!

      • Will S.

        March 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm

        Fair enough. 😉

      • rednig

        March 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm

        Unless they need someone to throw under bus to suck votes. Then Socially is extinct.

      • Will S.

        March 18, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        SE is a Mexican-American Trump supporter; between that and his rationality and introversion, I’m sure when the Democrats next take power, they’ll come after him. 😉

      • Socially Extinct

        March 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

        That sounds like it could be my epitaph!

      • Will S.

        March 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        “Here lies Socially Extinct
        He wouldn’t get with the program,
        and so now he’s extinct.” 😉


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