Weighing the Pros and Cons of Checking Your Weight Frequently
Teens who are Preoccupied with Weighing Themselves Are at Risk for Eating Disorders
While some recent studies have downplayed the detrimental role that weighing oneself has on weight loss, it turns out that for teen girls frequently weighing themselves can lead to a very poor diet. Teens are impacted much more greatly than adults are by weighing themselves too frequently.
Enough to Worry About
Most teens have a heightened sense of vanity when they enter high school. Braces and acne are usually big concerns for this age group, but weight is another concern. Weighing oneself too frequently can lead to an unhealthy preoccupation with appearance at a time when teens are already vulnerable anyway. As a result a teen is much more likely to make unhealthy dieting choices such as restricting their calories too much. Weighing oneself too often can also increase eating disorders among teens, and this intensifies the risk that teen girls already have for eating disorders such as anorexia.
If you are the parent of a teen or know someone who is, it is important to keep a close eye on teens, girls especially. What can start out as a seemingly harmless New Year’s resolution to lose weight can turn into an obsession. An easy way to avoid your teen and actually any family member from becoming too preoccupied with weight is to simply not have a scale in the house. Weighing yourself will be that much more difficult when you don’t have a scale staring back at you every time you enter the bathroom.
Watch Your Tongue
It is also important to not casually joke about weight. If you are the mother of a teen girl, ideally this approach will begin when you child is a young girl. Don’t comment on your weight in front of them or broadcast your dieting goals. If a young girl sees her mother frequently weighing herself, it is eventually going to impact her own self image.