A registered dietitian explains how to decline stepping on the scale at your next visit.
Have you ever been to the doctor to seek care for something that has nothing to do with your weight and then somehow the visit becomes all about the number on the scale? It happens all too often, and there is research suggesting that many individuals, especially women, are less likely to see their doctor because of the discomfort associated with being weighed. This can result in delayed medical care, undiagnosed medical conditions and other health complications that are directly related to weight stigma. A 2017 study from the University of Pennsylvania found that fat shaming was linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
It may sound strange or even rebellious, but you have the right to not get weighed during medical visits. We’re all so accustomed to getting on the scale because that’s how it’s always been, but using weight as an indicator of health status is outdated and, often, ineffective. It’s absolutely possible to maintain good health at your current size, and research shows that restrictive dieting and intentional weight loss can have detrimental impacts on quality of life. It can increase your risk for disordered eating, slow down your metabolism, and research has shown that most people who try to lose weight ultimately end up gaining the weight back.
Some providers will honor your request to skip the weigh in without much questioning. However, there is the possibility that things will get weird or uncomfortable. Most providers are not trained in weight-inclusive care, and so it’s also possible that you’ll get pushback. Here are some helpful ways to communicate with your provider about skipping the scale.Head on over to SELF to read the full article! You Don’t Have to Be Weighed at the Doctor’s Office
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