Today is weigh-in day. Another Saturday—another weigh-in. The following heath news item points out that the scale is the most direct measurement of weight. You can’t rely on feelings or pant sizes. The scale is the definitive device for measuring weight loss. I’m a proponent of using the scale. If you do a Google search, you will find plenty of advocates for doing away with the scale. Then you end up not knowing if you are succeeding at your weight loss goal. We all want to lose weight. So why don’t we measure our weight? Therefore, up on the scale I go. I’m using the mobile one today. It gives one amount only. The doctor scale I can fudge with a little. PS. That’s not my weight on that scale.
Am I a slave to the scale? No, it’s simply a tool for measuring my weight. To check on a goal you have to measure it. The scale is an excellent way to check progress. If it’s going down, then you are doing it right. If it’s going up, then you are doing it wrong. Simple, easy, and effective.
A large new study finds that Americans routinely underestimate the amount of extra pounds they pack on. The finding, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, could have real implications for the U.S. obesity epidemic the researchers said.
Researchers based this study on national survey data involving 775,000 American adults from 2008 and 2009. Many adults thought they had actually lost weight when they hadn’t. That’s important to note because data that underestimate the growing obesity epidemic could have serious public health consequences. “If we had relied on the reported data about weight change between 2008 and 2009, we would have undercounted approximately 4.4 million obese adults in the U.S.”
This study shows that when people estimate their weight, they estimate wrong. Most of us have a belief that we aren’t doing that bad. Unless we weigh, we don’t really know. And keeping an eye on the scale is a must for maintaining. At least, that’s what they say. I haven’t gotten there yet, but I know I will have to watch what I eat and watch the scale for any problems.
This study also shows the fallibility in research when you build your database on questionnaires and survey data. I can say anything. It isn’t necessarily true. As in this data, it actually said they lost weight when they really hadn’t. The only true data would be if they weighed people on a scale and they developed the database with actual data. It’s interesting to note that the guesstimates of obesity might be low.
So scale watchers unite. We know the facts. We know how much we weigh. And though it might be too much, we know when we do good or bad.