Thursday, October 19, 2006

Every woman I know has a bathroom scale in her house. I think this may be a bad idea because the bathroom is one room that you are sure to use everyday and if there is a bathroom scale in it, you may feel tempted to weigh yourself every single day. Your weight fluctuates every day and hopping on a bathroom scale may disappoint you more often than not. I think it may be a good idea for all of us girls to go throw out those bathroom scales right now.
Having a bathroom scale may not be a completely bad idea although I think it breeds more disappointment than anything else. Many women have a complex about their weight and always feel as if their’s is too high. If you find yourself weighing yourself every day and being disappointed by the results, it may be time for you to get rid of your bathroom scale for good.
Being too obsessed about your weight can be harmful in many different ways. There is a wide variety of mental and emotional effects that weight and body image can have on a woman. Society and media puts a lot of pressure on women to be perfect. Even though we realize that these expectations are unrealistic and usually impossible, we still subject ourselves to the criticisms of ourselves and others when it comes to our bodies.
Instead of hopping on your bathroom scale every day to check your weight, you should keep in mind that the number is not that important. People are getting taller and bigger because of evolution. If you look back a hundred years to the average size of a woman, you would look like an Amazon in comparison. You should try to keep in mind that your health and level of fitness is much more important than anything your bathroom scale has to say.
If you weigh 150 pounds or more but you are toned, strong, and healthy, the number shouldn't matter at all. I know a lot of women wish that they weighed the same as emaciated models even though they realize that being underweight is just as unhealthy as being overweight. If you find yourself being obsessed about your weight and checking the number more often than once a week, it's time to get rid of the bathroom scale.
I mentioned the effects of our physical evolution but had not yet talked about our mental evolution. I think that an important part of our mental evolution should be healthy and realistic expectations for ourselves and our children. It is important that we do not pass on our obsession with being skinny and perfect to future generations. Our main goal must be the health and happiness of our children and weeding out ideals that are practically impossible to obtain will help ensure the psychological well-being of those who are to come.