Measuring the scale

I hate the word "weight."

I hate the over-dependence on weight measurement and BMI in eating disorder assessment and treatment.

I hate the way our society uses weight measurement as a proxy for any number of values including morality, health, personality, even class.

That one-dimensional number shouldn't be a thing to fear or focus on. It is just one of many data points, like blood pressure and blood sugar and height and shoe size and cholesterol and DNA analysis.

If those measurements were as easy and cheap and accessible as a bathroom scale, would we perseverate about them in the same way?


  1. You're right. I hate weight too!

  2. When I was between 8 and 16 years old, my weight went unrecorded, but for a reason other than many avoid the scale. I just never got around to checking my weight during the 8-year period. It was only in the past 2-3 years that I checked my weight with any frequency.


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