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Ditch the Scale This Thanksgiving by Letting Grandma Tell You That You Look like You've Gained Weight


Photo by terren in Virginia / CC BY 2.0

The winter season can be especially tough for dealing with body image — there’s the constant influx of holiday foods, an overload of social obligations, and the stress of family gatherings, just to name a few. But this year, take one thing off your (metaphorical) plate by ditching the scale. Take out the batteries, throw it out the window, take a hammer to it! 

Instead, let Grandma tell you that you’re looking a little pudgy. Don’t let arbitrary numbers dictate how you feel about yourself — that’s what the judgment of your extended family is for! Instead of focusing on your weight, let others do the work for you. And it doesn’t have to stop at Grandma. Anyone can join in — uncles, aunts, even that weird cousin that plays violent games on his phone for the entire Thanksgiving dinner. 

Just sit back, relax, and let other people project their insecurities and unhealthy priorities onto you. Let’s all remember the reason for the season: Thanksgiving is about turkey, stuffing, and having a stress-induced mental breakdown in your childhood bedroom after Uncle Jim makes one too many comments about how you're still single. So this holiday season, I urge you to consider your own mental well-being and ditch the scale! After all, that’s praxis.