Love this from @with_this_body You have the right to make choices about your medical care. #Repost @with_this_body with @get_repost ・・・ If you’re going in for a sore throat or yeast infection (or most conditions), a weight is not going to add much (if at all) to the health picture or treatment. You are allowed to refuse to be weighed. If the nurse insists, you can tell her to write “Patient declined to be weighed.” You can also say “I’d like to wait to see if it’s medically necessary based on the doctor’s assessment.” Me? There were times during my recovery when it was helpful to do blind weighs. Now, I like to get weighed and to see the number. It’s been part of my recovery to neutralize the numbers and see them as just that: numbers. Not indicators of my goodness, success, or failure. With PCOS, I also find it helpful as my weight tends to fluctuate a great deal and rapid gains or losses (together with other symptoms) gives me a sense of how dysregulated my body is doing. Unless there is a specific medical necessity for a weight to be known, refusing to be weighed can often be health-promoting—because if knowing your weight causes unnecessary shame and fear, triggers food restriction or over-exercising, and increases food and body preoccupation, then being weighed is NOT health promoting. Your weight does not determine your health. #medicalfatphobia #edrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #riotsnotdiets #healthateverysize #haes #effyourbodystandards #bodyjustice @ragenchastain ragenchastain Ragen Chastain

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  • Love this from @with_this_body You have the right to make choices about your medical care. #Repost @with_this_body with @get_repost ・・・ If you’re going in for a sore throat or yeast infection (or most conditions), a weight is not going to add much (if at all) to the health picture or treatment. You are allowed to refuse to be weighed. If the nurse insists, you can tell her to write “Patient declined to be weighed.” You can also say “I’d like to wait to see if it’s medically necessary based on the doctor’s assessment.” Me? There were times during my recovery when it was helpful to do blind weighs. Now, I like to get weighed and to see the number. It’s been part of my recovery to neutralize the numbers and see them as just that: numbers. Not indicators of my goodness, success, or failure. With PCOS, I also find it helpful as my weight tends to fluctuate a great deal and rapid gains or losses (together with other symptoms) gives me a sense of how dysregulated my body is doing. Unless there is a specific medical necessity for a weight to be known, refusing to be weighed can often be health-promoting—because if knowing your weight causes unnecessary shame and fear, triggers food restriction or over-exercising, and increases food and body preoccupation, then being weighed is NOT health promoting. Your weight does not determine your health. #medicalfatphobia #edrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #riotsnotdiets #healthateverysize #haes #effyourbodystandards #bodyjustice
    Ragen Chastain Love this from @with_this_body You have the right to make choices about your medical care.
#Repost @with_this_body with @get_repost
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If you’re going in for a sore throat or yeast infection (or most conditions), a weight is not going to add much (if at all) to the health picture or treatment.
You are allowed to refuse to be weighed. If the nurse insists, you can tell her to write “Patient declined to be weighed.” You can also say “I’d like to wait to see if it’s medically necessary based on the doctor’s assessment.”
Me? There were times during my recovery when it was helpful to do blind weighs. Now, I like to get weighed and to see the number. It’s been part of my recovery to neutralize the numbers and see them as just that: numbers. Not indicators of my goodness, success, or failure. With PCOS, I also find it helpful as my weight tends to fluctuate a great deal and rapid gains or losses (together with other symptoms) gives me a sense of how dysregulated my body is doing.
Unless there is a specific medical necessity for a weight to be known, refusing to be weighed can often be health-promoting—because if knowing your weight causes unnecessary shame and fear, triggers food restriction or over-exercising, and increases food and body preoccupation, then being weighed is NOT health promoting. Your weight does not determine your health.
#medicalfatphobia #edrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #riotsnotdiets #healthateverysize #haes #effyourbodystandards #bodyjustice

    Love this from @with_this_body You have the right to make choices about your medical care.
    #Repost @with_this_body with @get_repost ・・・
    If you’re going in for a sore throat or yeast infection (or most conditions), a weight is not going to add much (if at all) to the health picture or treatment.
    You are allowed to refuse to be weighed. If the nurse insists, you can tell her to write “Patient declined to be weighed.” You can also say “I’d like to wait to see if it’s medically necessary based on the doctor’s assessment.”
    Me? There were times during my recovery when it was helpful to do blind weighs. Now, I like to get weighed and to see the number. It’s been part of my recovery to neutralize the numbers and see them as just that: numbers. Not indicators of my goodness, success, or failure. With PCOS, I also find it helpful as my weight tends to fluctuate a great deal and rapid gains or losses (together with other symptoms) gives me a sense of how dysregulated my body is doing.
    Unless there is a specific medical necessity for a weight to be known, refusing to be weighed can often be health-promoting—because if knowing your weight causes unnecessary shame and fear, triggers food restriction or over-exercising, and increases food and body preoccupation, then being weighed is NOT health promoting. Your weight does not determine your health.
    #medicalfatphobia #edrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #riotsnotdiets #healthateverysize #haes #effyourbodystandards #bodyjustice

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salvia_officinalis_ - Sage Anastasia 🍃 1 month ago

My go-to is: "I'm going to opt out of that." The few times medical personnel have tried to convince me that my weight will affect things like my inhaler, I've told them they can assume my general weight category based on looking at me.

kellygreenpineapple - Kelly Shaver 1 month ago

I used to ask if I could skip being weighed and got a lot of pushback, but it’s been much better since I started saying that I was going to skip the scale instead of asking if I could.

natelie.ann - Natelie Carrasco 1 month ago

I’ve been doing this for a year. Had to explain multiple times why when I was admitted to the hospital recently. But it gets easier every time I do it

drvtcs - Vivian Shnaidman 1 month ago

I hear your frustration with this weight issue, I really do. But as a physician I have to say that not knowing a patient’s weight can lead to major medical problems later on. What if you are in congestive heart failure with pulmonary edema and they don’t know your original weight and that the sudden extra is fluid? What if you become hyper or hypo thyroid? What if you get cancer and suddenly lose 50 lbs (which happened to my mother in-law. BTW she died. Nobody wanted to listen to the then-psychiatry resident who knew much more internal medicine than her own doctors). I understand the stigma of weight but at the same time a good doctor uses a patient’s weight to inform appropriate treatment, not to condemn the patient. Thanks for reading.

disablednotdefeated - Jessi & Atlas the Service Dog 1 month ago

As someone who sees a LOT of doctors (primary’s AND specialists) and is non-ambulatory, they don’t need your weight to treat you. I am extremely chronically ill have only been to one doctor’s office that was equipped with a wheelchair scale and even then they didn’t know how to read it, didn’t ask for the weight of my chair to figure out my actual weight, and never weighed me again.

mandaanne - Amanda 1 month ago

This is badass! Please make it even more badass by not assuming all nurses are women. “If the nurse insists, you can tell THEM to write...” (not “her”)

thegoregon - Nat Mathews 1 month ago

I was told at my gastroenterologist that my medication for GERD/IBS is effective based on my weight so I gave in. I can’t find if this is really true. It’s upsetting.

dannacascone - dannacascone 1 month ago

I love this. However, without my weight, my insurance will not cover my appointment. Even my ED recovery counseling. Isn’t that some bull shit?

lea1120 - Lauren Elizabeth 1 month ago

I finally declined to be weighed for the first time ever at my annual physical last week. I was so nervous that they would argue with me that my heart was racing when they took my heart rate! But they were all totally cool about it.

crowsonglodge - Charlene of CrowSong 1 month ago

I usually decline with a "no thanks, I'll pass today." I was shocked decades ago when I groaned and said "do I HAVE to?" And she said "no, unless it us medically necessary, you can always decline." I have been doing it ever since except when I am going in for my thyroid to be checked.