Being weighed is a pretty routine part of some medical appointments.
You can’t get a renewed prescription for contraception without one and when you visit a gynaecologist, they tend to take your weight as standard.
The majority of the time you can look down at the scales or avert your eyes as you please.
There are some doctors, however, who insist on discussing their findings – and one body-positivity blogger is explaining just how dangerous it can be for doctors to tell people their weight, particularly if they’ve struggled with eating disorders.
Gina Susanna, AKA @nourishandeat, took to Twitter last week after a horrific medical appointment.
In taking off my dress tonight, after the gala, it hit me how far I’ve come. Where I was 3 years ago, the deepest in my ED I’d ever been; how I never would have chosen a dress bright red, that exposed my arms, that made me visible. How I would have sobbed after looking at photos from the night, or refused to be in them at all. How I would have wanted to disappear. But now, to be here, both physically and mentally? Surrounded by people who want to stamp out the stigma of mental illness and eating disorders just as much as I do? To have a support system that literally shout “YAS QUEEN” and hug me and listen to me cry and get excited with me? To have all of YOU out there, my squishies? My darling dear ones? My heart is bursting. ❤️ #neda #nedawareness #bekindtoyourself #appreciatethejourney
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She’s an anorexia, orthorexia and excessive exercise survivor who has purposely not weighed herself for years to avoid falling back into destructive behavioural patterns.
So when she got to the clinic, she asked the nurse not to disclose her weight – and she didn’t
The doctor who came in next, however, decided to discuss her weight after seeing ‘amenorrhea’ (periods stopping) written on her records…
…even though they were three years old
And despite telling him that she didn’t weigh herself due to having had an eating disorder, he still showed her the number
Now Gina is encouraging others to be aware that they can tell doctors not to tell them their weight
Because talking about it openly isn’t always constructive
Particularly if you’re still recovering from an ED
‘Just be firm with your doctor. Don’t let them (if you can help it) do anything to set you back in your recovery. Say no thank you to the scale.’