Dear Millennials, Let's Raise the Next Generation to Not Weigh Themselves

The year that I was 14, I weighed myself every morning. The mood of my day was determined by the number I saw on the scale. If the number was low, I deemed myself worthy of having a smidge more confidence for the next 24 hours. But if it was higher than expected, I spent the day feeling disgusting, gluttonous, and out of control. Both the media and medical landscapes of the mid-2000s, the era of my early teens, put a generous emphasis on weight. It was the age of quickie weight-loss supplements and crash diets like TrimSpa and SlimFast. It was a time when it seemed like every cover of every tabloid featured some celebrity who'd gotten "too fat" or "too skinny." In the spring of 2007, a now infamous email went public, written by Nicole Richie to her friends, inviting them to her Memorial Day party. It read, "Let's glorify this day in your sluttiest tops and your tightest pair of Tsubi jeans. … There will be a scale at the front door. No girls over 100 pounds allowed in. Start starving yourself now. See you all then!!!" It was meant as a joke and obviously ridiculous, but teenage me was scarred—not just by those words, but by the attitude toward weight shared by our general culture at the time. I grew up obsessively weighing myself, and it wasn't healthy. I can't help but think perhaps others in my generation had a similar experience.