University of Massachusetts tight end Jean Sifrin lifts in the weight room at a Pro Day for NFL and CFL football scouts at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass. Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

School Bans “Triggering” Scale from Gym

I become more convinced by the day that one of the best things we could to save our civilization is to blow up the entire university system in the West and then burn any remains to the ground. Big thanks to the folks at Carleton University for providing yet another excellent example of why I’m right:

Carleton University officials have removed the scale inside its campus gym so students don’t stress about their weight.

No, that isn’t made up. The university’s manager of health and wellness explained the justification this way to the college’s newspaper, appropriately named The Charlatan:

“We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive affect [sic] on your health and well-being.”

Not to be snide, but apparently being on a college campus doesn’t have any positive effect on your grammar either. More to the point, consider the insane standard this would set if applied consistently.

I remember really stressing out about some of my college tests. Given what we all know stress can do, I can’t see how compelling students to take tests is beneficial for their health and well-being.

And throw those awful seminar papers out too. What positive effect did it have on me staying up all night eating raw coffee beans to finish those things? Ban them.

While we’re at it, have you ever seen the dejected looks on the faces of college athletes whose team has just lost a big game? Some of them sulk for days. Surely we can eradicate that negativity just by eliminating these unnecessary competitions?

If you find that to be a stupid idea, please allow Carleton freshman Samar El Faki explain what you clearly don’t understand:

“Scales are very triggering. 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.”

Got that? We can’t have scales anymore because people have eating disorders, or something.

Listen, I understand that there are people who are very self-conscious about their weight. But this isn’t a situation where Carleton has a policy of mandatory weigh-ins during a campus-wide convocation every Monday. This is a gym. The point of going there is to improve your health or maintain it. You don’t there unaware of that need.

About five years ago I walked up the stairs at the school where I teach and was absolutely winded. Realizing how terribly out of shape I had become, I decided to do something about it. That something was to start exercising regularly.

Looking back, maybe I should have just demanded the school remove all those triggering staircases.

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