I’m a mother of twin teenage girls and I have actively kept a scale out of our home as they’ve grown up. As a mom, I wanted to do everything possible to keep these amazing young women from evaluating themselves based on the numbers on the scale. I personally have been tyrannized by the scale—as have many women—feeling my own self-worth and self-regard plummet as my weight increased even just a few pounds.
As a young woman, I nearly had an eating disorder, and a large part of my healing included eating what I wanted and avoiding the scale at all costs. As an adult, I weigh myself about once a year. I eat well and exercise and because I am also blessed with good genetics, my body doesn’t change much, but this is not the case for many of my patients. Many women struggle with weight, even when they’re eating well and exercising.