The story of Demi Moore‘s emergency room visit and rehab admission has involved everything from stories about whippits to smoking Spice, but as many suspected, her time in rehab will mostly be focused on helping her eating disorder. The star reportedly weighs under 100 pounds, and while doctors are watching her weight to ensure that it doesn’t continue to plummet, they’re making sure she steps on the scale backwards, and barring her from seeing her own weight. Thankfully, most of us aren’t in such a dire position as Demi, but if you’re suffering body image issues or getting OCD about your weight, it might be good for you to take her counselors’ cue.
Demi was admitted to Utah’s Cirque Lodge rehab center to be treated for anorexia and an addiction to prescription pills; Radar online reports that Demi Moore’s treatment team didn’t allow her to read her own weight on the scale when she was admitted, and won’t allow her to going forward, either:
“It’s common treatment practice at Cirque to not allow patients that are being treated for an eating disorder to see how much they weigh when they step on the scale,” an insider tells RadarOnline.com. “Their weights are taken everyday, sometimes several times a day to make sure that they aren’t losing weight while in treatment. Doctors at Cirque don’t want patients to fixate on their weight.
“Eating disorders are all about control, plain and simple. When someone is in the ravages of an eating disorder, their lives are typically out of control. The one thing someone with an eating disorder believes they can control in their lives, is food. Demi isn’t being forced fed or chastised for not wanting to eat though. The counselors at Cirque are working on giving Demi a safe and controlled environment, she is getting the best care possible. She is also dealing with an addiction to prescription medication, and she has a comprehensive team taking care of her.”
While Demi’s situation is far more dire than most women’s, many of us grapple with when to use a scale, and when to avoid it at all costs. If you’re compulsively checking your weight, or letting the numbers make or break your day, chances are, you could use a break. Many experts recommend weighing yourself once per week, at a consistent time and day of the week, in order to monitor weight loss. But for many of us, simply paying attention to how well our clothes fit—and how we feel—is an even more body-positive way to keep tabs on our weight.