Two weeks ago, Ottawa’s Carleton University removed weight scales from its campus fitness centre. When the move became public last week, it sparked a backlash online that accused the university’s recreation and athletics department of being hyper-sensitive.
There are persistent reports from Carleton that the scales were taken out because some students complained stepping on them was “very triggering” emotionally for people with eating disorders and others struggling to be comfortable with their physiques.
The athletics department insists it was not cratering to pressure from politically correct activists who have lately insisted that concentrating on weight is a form of “body shaming.”
But the explanation from Carleton’s wellness program, the branch of the athletics department that runs the rec facility, isn’t any better than an admission its brains are soaked through with PC thinking.