Born into a society that is surrounded by the idea that a small waist, flat stomach and “big butt” or broad shoulders, ripped abs and mounted biceps is the ideal body image, the world is also empowered with the idea that a number on a scale will ultimately decide weather if an individual has the “perfect body.” However, a weight scale only helps to tell us our current weight. Other major factors that contribute to weight, such as how much muscle and the amount of fat a person has on their body, isn’t evidentially shown with the number on a scale. Having more muscle than fat on your body could conclude to a person being more heavily weighted, versus having a higher fat percentage and weighing more. Thus leads to the conclusion that an individual with more muscle could see themselves to be “fat” or “unhealthy,” all due to a measurement on a scale.
For many years, doctors have based if a person healthy from a BMI chart, following his/her’s given weight and height. However, annual checkups don’t include the measurement of fat and muscle on a person’s body. Methods that can be used to determine the percentage of body fat on an individual may include skin calipers, bioelectric impedance, hydrostatic weighing and a 3D body scan. All are efficient methods to accurately show a person’s body fat percentage. In comparison to a weight scale, these methods will properly help to determine if a person is healthy or not.
During doctor visits for yearly checkups or in general with daily/weekly weigh-ins, people shouldn’t base their health off of scales. All weight scales will differ depending on a variety of contributions and on the present scale itself. Clothing worn at the time, food that was eaten prior to your weighing, whether a female was menstruating are all possibilities to weight fluctuations and further reasons why society needs to ditch weight scales.
Eating disorders can often be purposed from the given number on a scale. In this growing issue, more commonly faced in 2018 throughout America and across the world, individuals who suffer from eating disorders are more likely to be associated with excessive weight check ins. Obsessive worry of gaining weight and misperception of a healthy body image could potentially come from weight gain.
Weight scales need to be completely ditched moving forward into 2018 for many given reasons. Clothing, body fat percentage, a women’s menstrual cycle and muscle mass are a few of the many reasons why indicated weight gain or loss could happen. Inaccuracy of different weight scales also contributes to the reasoning on why scales need to be ditched. Other methods that can determine wether a person is healthy should be deeply considered in the long run during yearly checkups and in the midst of staying in shape or losing weight. Scales also have a more underlining effect than meets the eye when it comes to eating disorders. For many struggling for a “perfect body,” weight shouldn’t be the ultimate indication to whether an individual is fat or not.
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