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Do You Obsess About Your Weight?

Do You Only Measure Your Health in Terms of Weight?

In college I lived with someone who kept a scale in our bathroom, and also her bedroom. She weighed herself at least twice a day, logging it into a notebook each time. She became so focused on her weight that the slightest increase — meaning one to two pounds — would cause worry. She never took into account that she was gaining muscle mass, or perhaps was particularly bloated that day. She was a natural-born athlete, ate a healthy vegetarian diet, and worked out regularly. Yet she interpreted the number on the scale as the only true reflection of her health.

When I'm at the gym, I often weigh myself and take mental note of the number. And if there is a marked difference in either direction, I don't immediately jump to any conclusions. That's because I also measure my health in terms of strength, endurance, and a few other factors. How about you . . .

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
No way! My scale broke this winter and I've put off weighing myself until my doctor appointment the other day. I've lost 15 lbs since then, only 15 more to go and I'll be at my happy weight. Like law, I go by how my clothes fit week to week. It's so discouraging to work out for a week and see a gain of a couple lbs, then I slack off for a week and lose a couple lbs and that just makes no sense, it's too much pressure.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
No. I only get weighed when I go to the doctor. I go by how my clothes fit and how jiggly things are when I run! My clothes are sometimes loose, sometimes tight. I've never gained or lost so much that I needed a different size, so I don't worry about the numbers. A tight waistband is plenty of motivation to get me back to exercising and eating right.
Shortiegurl03 Shortiegurl03 7 years
I agree Renee, I'm also trying to loose weight and right now the number on the scale is important. When that number goes down I know what I'm doing is working which keeps me motivated. I don't think that number will ever be un-important, even when I'm at my ideal weight. It helps keep me in check but when I get there hopefully how I feel will be a better indicator then a number. Till then...
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
Well my weight is a part of knowing how healthy I am along with how I actually feel and knowing that I'm eating nutritious things. I don't obsess over every single pound, but considering how a lot of extra weight can increase the chances of getting something like diabetes, it does matter.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
I stopped weighing myself awhile back and I have never felt as mentally healthy as I do now. I don't beat myself up or succumb to guilt if I gain a few pounds anymore and instead focus on what my body can do and not how I look in a swimsuit or compare myself to celebrities etc. I can hike long distances with a heavy pack, I can run marathons and I am training to do my first triathalon and that is what I try to focus on anytime I start to feel the negative self talking coming on. Weighing myself was just not healthy for me, however for some people it can be a way to guage progress or keep them on track so it can be a good thing. I think you know when weighing yourself has become an unhealthy obsession though and when that happens, you should step away from the scale for a while.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I weight myself often as well as take measurements. I'm currently overweight and trying to get fit and healthy (doing a 6 week bootcamp type thing, one hour training, 6 days a week). For me it's important to use both to guage how I'm doing. I know some people say the scale doesn't matter, but when you're really over weight it does.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
No, I know I'm very healthy, but I still want to lose five pounds (of fat) to be at my ideal weight. It's a vanity thing more than a health thing!
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
is health more than a number? yes. do i obess over my weight? yes. obviously the reason i obsess over my weight has nothing whatsoever to do with any concerns over my health, and in fact tends to undermine any efforts i make to become healthier
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Heck no. I'm at my ideal weight, but I'm certainly not as fit as I'd like to be.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Not at all. For me, its all about how you feel... although, people can argue that you can feel great one second and die of a heart attack the next. Weight is important though, but not the number, as long as you feel comfortable in your own skin (and clothes), I think you should be fine. We need to stop being so hard on ourselves all the time.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 7 years
Ugh. I obsessively weigh myself. I know it's stupid. It's a terrible habit.
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