Weight. Noun. Definition: the force with which a body is attracted toward the earth…by gravitation and which is equal to the product of the mass and the local gravitational acceleration. (Merriam-Webster)
During a casual Pinterest scroll, an article title caught my eye. “How to Tell if You’re Healthy without Weighing Yourself.” I didn’t read it. Not only because I’m a body positive feminist, but also because WHY WOULD YOU THINK THE ONLY WAY TO TELL IF YOU’RE HEALTHY IS BY STEPPING ON A SCALE?
The numbers that flash on the scale don’t…
Reflect that your hair is thick and shiny,
Or that your skin is radiant with confidence.
They won’t tell you how many people love you,
Or how you positively impact the world with your work, or art, or kind spirit.
They won’t tell you if you can run a mile,
Or climb a flight of stairs without getting winded.
That you are allowed to eat,
no matter how much you ate yesterday,
and how much you didn’t exercise today.
That your body is worthy of respect and admiration.
The scale can’t tell you if you feel good.
If you are rested, strong, and nourished.
Your body will let you know when you need food, sleep, and love.