Scales added to Carleton change rooms after backlash

Weight scales have been put in the men’s and women’s changerooms at Carleton’s Athletics Centre after backlash from the removal of the scale earlier this month, according to Beth Gorham, manager of public affairs at Carleton.  Gorham said in a statement that the scale was originally removed because it was not working properly, but it had been part of a plan to push other health metrics than just weight, even before the scale’s malfunction. “People in Athletics think that it is a very important message to send that health overall has to do with more than just weight,” Gorham said. The original scale story gained a considerable amount of attention from North American news organizations over the past few weeks, […]

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Letter: A scale is a useful fitness tool

The weight scale was removed from Carleton’s gym this past week. This was a bad solution for the very real problem of body image disorders. As a fitness professional in the industry for many years, I want to help take apart and examine the issues for you. Body image issues and the associated disorders are a real source of mental and physical health problems for millions of Canadians, and many of our fellow Carleton students. It is an issue that requires immense sensitivity and care, and health and fitness professionals, including the ones at Carleton Athletics, need to be able to address it properly. Body dysmorphic disorders can come with a range of behavioural issues, including: over-eating or under-eating, obsessive […]

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Letter: A scale can be a trigger

Recently, Carleton University’s fitness centre removed the scale from their gym. The result has been an overwhelming amount of backlash from the online community. I understand where they are coming from, as a scale is a beneficial tool for many in their workout routine. That being said, I have a problem with how a lot of people have expressed their disagreement. Looking at the comments on the articles from The Charlatan, the Ottawa Citizen and other outlets, you will see the mention of a snowflake generation, hurt feelings and jokes about what a trigger is. What people are failing to realize is triggering someone isn’t the same thing as hurting their feelings. In many cases it can be life-threatening. For […]

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Athletics removes weight scale from Carleton gym

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 effect 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 […]

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Health and fitness blog: Not a “summer bod” blog

A nationwide epidemic is starting up once again, as we all want to look our very best under that impending summer sun. We wonder, is it too late to get in shape with summer just around the corner? At this point we find ourselves calculating the amount of time it would take to lose x amount of weight—would we really be able to get the body we’ve always wanted in just under a month? We will no longer be able to hide the calories we consume with heavy scarves and jackets, but worrying about how to get rid of those calories shouldn’t be added to our to-do lists. How to get a summer bod in just under 10 days? This […]

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