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LOVE4KITTIES
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7/27/13 4:42 A

It's not your place to talk to others about their weight. Just don't do it.



JENSTRESS
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6/27/13 12:05 P

Unfortunately, Zorbs is right. You can try, but you might just upset them about it.

You can try to mention nutrition items you have discovered (how terrible diet soda or aspartame is) and try to start a conversation and show them how eating better can benefit them in many ways, but if they aren't interested, that conversation will stall and they might end up frstrated with you. You can ask them if they are watching "The Biggest Loser" or the Extreme Weight Loss shows, because you could mention how healthy some of those people are getting. Again, if they aren't interested, they may just get more and more frsutrated with you.



ZORBS13
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6/27/13 9:20 A

You don't.

You can't force anyone to be healthy and change their lifestyle if they're not ready for it.



KATIE0706
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6/27/13 1:23 A

I'm very sure I'm not the only person in this situation.

I'm the oldest of 4 children, who come from a perfectly split gene pool. We have 2 slim grandparents and 2 large-framed grandparents. My mother is a little overweight, but has taken MAJOR strides in getting healthy and focusing on weight loss. My father, who is incredibly hard working, lacks the motivation to turn the corner. Additionally, my younger brother has always had an issue with his weight-- and I don't believe it to be genetics-- I think its his diet. He is also totally unapproachable and flips out when anyone tries to talk to him about his weight. My sisters and I are all slim, but I have to work hard to keep that way.

I live on the other side of the world of my family, so I'm not in a position to sit down and talk to them about it. I'm so worried that my brother will have major health problems before he hits 30 years old. I'm afraid something will happen to my father as well.

Does anyone have any tips on approaching that tough conversation? I don't want to hurt their feelings, but I would rather have them a little hurt than dead.



 
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