Oh my gosh! My friend just got a new scale so she can keep up with her weight and you will not believe what it can do.
Now I come from a simpler time since I was born in the early 50′s. Life was simple. Scales worked on springs, not batteries. Back then, a scale was just that, a scale. You stood on it in the morning after your shower and groaned or smiled. Simple. No buttons to push. No digital read-outs. No kilograms. Pounds was all that existed.
Then in came this new scale today. It came with an Instruction MANUAL! Really?! You need an instruction manual to use a scale? And to add insult to injury, the instruction manual was about 10 pages in English! Oh My!! Really???!!!! 10 pages of instructions to use a scale? How complicated is this thing?
Well, when we tried to use it we found that it not only tells you your weight, it tells you your hydration percentage. Lower than 45 is too low, higher that 65 is too high. Who knew.
Then it tells you your BMI, that is your Body Mass Index. That is the measure of body fat based on height and weight. Usually an ugly number with unrealistic expectations of what real bodies are like.
As if that wasn‘t enough, this “Scale” also tells you your bone density percentage. Fortunately you can get all this information in a matter of a few seconds. Well, after you have pounded on it to turn it one, selected your personal user number and waited for the double “0′s”, you then get to stand on the glass panel and wait for all those numbers to appear on a digital display.
The numbers are plenty large, in weight and font size for easy reading. However, the little words that tell you the BMI, fat, hydration and bone density are so small it is hard to know which is what. Now we get to shop for better glasses or weigh ourselves with binoculars so we can read all the information! The things we do for health and beauty.
So the next time you need a scale, head for an antique shop and look for one that works on a spring and weighs you a few pounds lighter. Stay well!