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Whether you’ve struggled with an eating disorder, or spent years trying to lose weight, you might feel chained to your scale. Some women wake up every day and the first thing they do is step on the scale. And the number they see on that scale determines their entire day—it determines what social activities they’ll do, what they’ll eat or not eat, and how happy they feel. When they walk by the scale, they feel compelled to get on it—it’s like an addiction. Some women can’t even travel somewhere until they’ve confirmed that the hotel has a scale in the bathroom.

It’s terrible to have a little device in your home that has so much power over you. Not to mention that true body love cannot be achieved if you only let yourself be happy when you like what the scale says. If you have struggled with loving your body, you should celebrate your successes and recognize when it’s time to throw out the scale. Here are signs you’re ready to take the plunge.

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