On the heels of the Smartphone controversy, another piece of technology is further enabling people to obsess and lament over their weight. The difference this time is that, instead of a private obsession with the number on the scale, this piece of modern equipment broadcasts a person’s weight for all to see over their twitter page.
The technology in this case, happens to be a bathroom scale with a wireless connection to the internet. The company behind this gimmick, contends that by automatically programming your bathroom scale to share results of each weigh-in with your entire social network via a twitter page or website, you will be more motivated to lose weight. This technology gives unwarranted and unhealthy power to the number on the scale. Even the LA Times Online article addressing the issue, touches on the questionable utility of this product but goes on to imply that one’s weight, as told by the scale, may be equally, or even more, relevant and revealing than how much debt a person owes or whether one has achieved their life dreams. We, at The Center for Eating Disorders strongly disagree. Weight is not a good indicator of health, beauty, or self-worth and should not be a determinant of success in a personal OR public forum.
The weight-tweeting bathroom scale gets a big thumbs down from us. Read the article and tell us what you think on our CED facebook page or CED twitter page. We’d much rather hear from YOU than your bathroom scale!
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