Encouraging A Loved One To Lose Weight

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We know, it’s hard, but encouraging an overweight partner or close friend to shed some pounds for their health’s sake is a necessary thing. Yet a recent poll finds that while most people worry that an excessive waistline might be affecting their loved one’s health, a considerable number shy away from raising the matter with them.

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Is there a way to help a family member lose weight without being hurtful? Well, good intentions can still hurt if they’re not done in the proper way. So instead of coming off as critical, try a more positive approach. If you decide to tell someone they need to diet; there are tactful ways to take this step. Instead of outwardly saying ‘you need to lose weight,’ you could say ‘I love you just the way you are and I want you around for a long time for me and the kids, so you might want to eat in a healthier way.

If you don’t go about it the right way, it could have severe repercussions. The recipient would be mortified that someone noticed they were overweight and the relationship would never ever be the same. That’s when people go into the closet and become secret eaters. So what do you do?