Say What? Coping With Comments About Your Weight
How to deflect criticism and accept compliments
By Charlene Laino
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
It was the first time her mother had met her intended. The lights were low in the restaurant, music playing.
The waiter put down a basket of bread -- and her fiance pulled it beyond her arm's reach.
"My mother saw what a control freak he was," reports the now-50ish writer, who asked that her name not be revealed. "It took me longer to see it and break the engagement." (Incidentally, she weighed only 125 pounds, but her fiance had already made remarks about her little tummy.)
Whether they're wordless or spoken loud and clear, comments about weight and weight loss can sting -- even when they're given with the best intentions. Just about everyone who has struggled with weight has moments that stick in memory.
A few of the worst offenders we heard about:
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