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Unfortunately, too many plus-size women are subjected to this kind of stereotyping because of their weight. Staying off the scale at the doctor's office could help prevent that. But it's important to take a few factors into account before you do.

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First, if you are in recovery from an eating disorder, like I was, doctors need to take your weight in order to chart your recovery. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.

Second, drastic weight changes can be a symptom of a larger health problem. According to Dr. Deborah Ottenheimer, another physician who spoke with Refinery29, many doctors take their patients' weight to use as a benchmark for fluctuations.

Fortunately, there's a workaround for that too:

"I always tell people, if you don’t want to weigh yourself, pick an outfit — [one] that is reasonable," Dr. Ottenheimer said. "Not your high school jeans that you wish you could fit into but you'll never fit into." Then, doctors can use the fit of your clothing as a benchmark instead of weight.

The moral of the story is this: Talk to your doctor. A good one will understand your desires, and do their best to accommodate.