Have you ever put off a doctor’s visit out of fear or anxiety of them weighing you? Ever find yourself wondering why on earth they need to weigh you in the first place at every visit?
Yes, it may be protocol for most doctors’ offices, but did you know that you can actually decline getting weighed? Most people don’t realize that!
You have the right to decline getting weighed at your doctors’ visits. It’s so important to know and to remember that you are and must be your biggest advocate, even as it pertains to your treatment professionals.
If you don’t feel comfortable with something your doctor, therapist, nutritionist, psychiatrist or whoever is doing, you can and SHOULD advocate for yourself!
You have rights over your own body and over your treatment. If you don’t like something or you feel something is hurting you, speak up. If the treatment professional does not show you respect, then it’s time to find a new doctor/therapist/nutritionist or psychiatrist.
If you decline getting weighed, the doctor or nurse may do one of the following, and these are ok;
If they insist on getting a weight because they feel it is necessary for your treatment, then ask for them to weigh you blind - meaning you turn around and do not see the number on the scale. Along with that, ask that they keep any written weights out of your sight and inaccessible to you.
Always remember that you are always going to be your #1 advocate! It may not feel comfortable, but if you don’t feel right about something or something in your treatment feels it’s hurting you, say something.
More on declining getting weighed at the doctor’s here!
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