50% of us weigh in daily or weekly, is this a good thing?
We launched a poll asking the community “How often do you weigh yourself?” on July 23, 2009 (the poll can still be accessed from the right sidebar). A total of 893 women participated.
Here are some of the statistics I found to be most interesting:
1) Over 50% of us are weighing in either daily or weekly.
As someone who has never owned a scale, this concerns me — particularly the daily weigh in ritual. Those who are weighing in daily here are a few questions to ponder;
- Do you find that the number of the scale dictates how you feel about yourself that day?
- If the number is down do you visualize yourself thinner, if it is up you are heavier?
- Would you consider giving up this routine?
- If you have broken this habit, what advice do you have for others?
My personal philosophy is that no human being needs to weigh themselves on a regular basis. I fall into the “once a year” category, weighing in at my annual GYN appointment only. But, I realize I am jaded.
My attitude no doubt stems back to my modeling days when I was forced to step on the scale daily to be analyzed by my agent. He had this huge office with a full length mirror across one wall. The scale stood right in front of the mirror, so I had to get on the scale, wearing only my bra and underwear. He stood behind me and rubbed his hands down the sides of my frame as he critiqued each body part. I will never quite get over this memory — it was so humiliating, because no matter what I was always told to lose more weight (and consider a boob job) even as I stood there with my stomach growling from skipping breakfast. Sick, I know. I wish I would have run for my life sooner than I did.
But I believe my stance on regular weight checks is also because I am a mom. I don’t think it would be healthy for my kids to see me or my husband weighing ourselves on a regular basis, because it reinforces societies focus on weight and size. But I realize this is not the norm.
One evening I realized how abnormal we are when my daughter had homework that required us to weigh things around the house, and I realized — we have no scale! Is it just the norm that all families have a scale in their house and is that a good thing?
2) Nearly 10% are weighing in multiple times per day.
I’ve been there, I get it, and it sucks big time. This habit is very hard to break….but you can do it. If and when you get to this stage, it is likely you are dealing with an eating disorder of some kind. The urge to step on that damn thing becomes overwhelming, although your rational self knows that the number will be the same as it was two hours prior. But you do it anyway, over and over and over. A few things to consider:
- Can you remember when and why you started weighing in multiple times per day?
- Could you pull back, and try to only weigh in once per day to break the habit?
- Would it be a relief to ditch the scale completely?
3) Here are the results for your review, I’ll be curious to hear what you see in these statistics: