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To Weigh or Not to Weigh

Posted Aug 26 2008 11:41pm

Ah, the scale. A seemingly harmless device that can trigger minutes, hours, weeks, or years of despair. It is the one gadget in the doctor's office that keeps many from having an annual physical. At home, reading those numbers becomes a moment in time that determines how much we'll bash ourselves with negative thoughts the rest of the day; how much we'll eat, how much we'll deny ourselves, how we'll dress, how we'll present ourselves to others.

Why is it so freaking powerful? Why do we give the scale so much power over our own happiness?

I'd love to hear your responses to as many of these questions as you want to answer:

1. Do you weigh yourself? If so, how often?
2. Do you own a scale?
3. Why do you weigh yourself?
4. What reactions do you have to changes in weight?
5. How much do you weigh?
6. Do you think it's beneficial to weigh yourself? Explain.
7. What do you think of intuitive eating advice that encourages never using a weigh scale?
8. Do you go for routine physical exams with your doctor? How often? Do you get weighed? Do you ask to hear how much you weigh? Does your doctor comment on your weight?

Leave your responses in the comment box.

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