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OFF THE SCALE Image Credit: Women's Health South Africa
OFF THE SCALE Image Credit: Women's Health South Africa

Off The Scale

The bathroom scale has been vilified over the past decade, but with obesity rocketing and calls to go back to health basics, experts are weighing in...

Laura Potter

The modern woman: about as likely to hop on the scale as she is to take a trip to her local Hypermarket to buy a CD. Because while it was deemed an “instrument of prevention” in the 50s and a slimming-club fave in the 80s, in recent times the “slim by scale” weightloss method has died. But, with expanding waistlines leading to lifestyle health epidemics, experts are nudging those scales back into the limelight. Which begs the question: should we be weighing-in regularly?

A weight off your mind

The trend against using weight and BMI measurements in the belief that they were too simplistic started in the early 2000s and continues now. Fitness guru Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, refers to bathroom scales as “the sad step” and the general feeling on social media is that equating health with a number will leave your self-esteem in tatters. The landscape of wellness has changed too. You exercise to feeI fit and strong, not to lessen any guilt about a perceived muffin top. Counting kilojoules is out, counting macros is in. Scales have taken a back seat in favour of body positivity. It’s a win for mental health. “I tell my clients to ditch scales because tracking weight regularly can have a damaging effect on their relationship with food and their body,” says psychotherapist Uxshely Chotai. “Someone who is obsessed with weight is more likely to develop anorexia, orthorexia or


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