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Male vs. Female Scale

Of course, we all know the “differences” between men and women. Men carry a wallet and women carry a purse. Right?  Okay, I’m just kidding!

Last week, however, I came across another way that men and women are different.

My husband had a doctor’s appointment and I went along as they were going to discuss a possible surgery. One of the first things they do to you when they call you back (after they make you fill out a notebook of medical history) is to make you get on a scale…out in the hallway where everyone can see.

My husband, who is quite overweight, just walks right up to the scale and steps on. I immediately began to laugh. And when I told the nurse what I thought was so funny, she agreed and began to laugh as well. My husband just stood there dumbfounded. He didn’t get it.

You see, when I prepare to step on a scale, wherever I am, I’ll do everything except strip naked (I save that for home). At the doctor’s office, women put down the purse, take off our shoes, our sweater, jacket, pull our phone out of our pocket. We’ll even pee first if possible.

After talking with the nurse, she says some will start making excuses such as “I just ate lunch” or “It’s that time of the month.”

Why is it that women stress so much about a number on the scale?  What about you, when you go to the doctor, do you strip as light as possible?

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Regular Contributor Bernice Wood is a mother of 4 young adult kids, plus Nana to 7 grandchildren. After a major life change summer 2010, she began blogging to journal her personal struggles and transition. To help others avoid the pitfalls of stress and burnout and learn to live a more healthy life, she recently launched her new blog at Living the Balanced Life. [/author_info][/author]


  1. na

    July 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    No, I could care less. I want a doctor’s visit to go as quick and stress free as possible, I don’t have time for that nonsense. This article should make all females realize how ridiculous they (we) are.

  2. mangiabella

    July 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    LOL so true – I usually take off my flip flops – so funny

  3. Carrie

    July 22, 2011 at 11:08 am

    This is funny as I was just at the doctor yesterday and always laugh to myself as I kick my shoes off before stepping on the scale. After making so many trips to the OB while being pregnant, and having several kids, and starting each visit with a stop at the scale I figure I should be consistent with my previous approaches to the scale. Maybe after I lose this baby weight I’ll finally start leaving my shoes on again!

  4. Brandy Brady

    July 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I think this is so true, my hubby will even say would you like me to life your one leg when you step on the scale so it will make you lighter :P

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