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BBC: Tell Loved Ones They’re Fat At Christmas

From the nannies at BBC News, who never take a day off:

‘Tell loved ones they are overweight this Christmas’

20 December 2011

Christmas may be a time of indulging for many, but health experts believe it is the perfect time to tell a loved one they are overweight. The National Obesity Forum and International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk said it was important to be upfront because of the health risks.

Being overweight – particularly around the waist – increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. But a poll by the groups suggests too many people shy away from the issue.

Apparently, just like with race, we are all cowards when it comes to the issue of obesity. But maybe some people don’t want fat lips.

The survey of more than 2,000 people found 42% of 18 to 24-year-olds would not tell a loved one they should lose weight because of a fear they would hurt the other person’s feelings.

For those aged 25 to 44 it was just over a third, while for older people it was about one in four.

Clearly, older people just don’t give a damn who they hurt.

Men find it hardest to tell their partners, while women were more worried about bringing up the issue with a friend.

Men still want (ahem) physical companionship, even from fatties. Women just don’t want to throw the first stone. (A little British humor, there.)

But with families and friends getting together up and down the country over the festive period, the experts believe there is an opportunity that should not be missed.

When is it ever not the right time to be a wet blanket? Maybe bring up their fashion sense and personal grooming, as well.

Prof David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said: "Suggesting to someone that they should consider losing a few pounds may not be a comfortable conversation to have.

"But if someone close to you has a large waistline then as long as you do it sensitively, discussing it with them now could help them avoid critical health risks later down the line and could even save their life."

Dr Jean Pierre Despres, scientific director of the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk, agreed.

"Start by encouraging someone close to you to make simple lifestyle changes such as becoming more active, making small alterations to their eating habits and replacing sugary drinks for water."

Gee whiz. Even our First Lady and official national scold, Michelle Obama, says that we can indulge at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But just you wait, this will soon be a requirement at Christmas time. The ‘annual pestering.’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “BBC: Tell Loved Ones They’re Fat At Christmas”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    LOL, typical of the BBC. “Celebrate the birth of Christ” to them is just another day for them to push issues. I anxiously await their “reduce red meat consumption for your health and the planet” message next Eid-al-Adha.

    Being healthy is fine and to be encouraged, but on Christmas? I can’t wait to see my relative’s face when I serve them a plate of fried turkey and tell them that I am offended by their food choices and lack of exercise.

  2. davidph says:

    Nothing says Christmas like a few fat jokes around the table, as the relatives are getting 2nd’s and 3rd’s. Don’t forget the children either, it’s never too early to let them know you expected a much better body shape from them at this point. Exercise DVD’s for everyone this year!

  3. fallingpianos says:

    Dear Federal Government…

  4. eaglewingz08 says:

    Since an error of 40 calories a day half a slice of bread can cause weight gains of ten to twent pounds over course of ten to fifteen years calorie counting is as reliable as the rhythm method in preventing the occurrence it was designed to protect against.

  5. Dupree says:

    Tell Loved Ones They’re Fat At Christmas ….

    And sleep in the doghouse at New Years.

  6. Helena says:

    “But maybe some people don’t want fat lips.” Heh, heh, heh.

    To quote the other witty Gilbert (the immortal WS Gilbert) from Princess Ida:

    KING GAMA: …To all their little weaknesses I open people’s eyes,
    And little plans to snub the self-sufficient I devise;
    I love my fellow-creatures – I do all the good I can –
    Yet everybody says I’m such a disagreeable man!
    And I can’t think why!
    CHORUS: He can’t think why!
    KING GAMA: I ca-a-a-a-an’t think why!

  7. Mithrandir says:

    There is no better time to be punched in the face, than the sacred Christian holiday known as Christmas. What better occasion can there be, with everyone doing their very best to get along with each other, than to RUIN IT by telling people they are fat?

    With people sipping eggnog, reminiscing about childhood memories, feel free to blurt out that someone is at risk for health problems because they are grossly overweight.

    While watching the children gleefully open presents, isn’t that a perfect time to tell your loved one they are ugly, and you know a good plastic surgeon? Of course it is.

    Your 2012 Christmas invitation may be lost in the mail, after you also decide to use this solemn occasion to carefully tell your mother she cooks like a blind chef, your sister that she has poor choice in men, that you’ll really miss your grandma when she dies next year, even though she is sitting right across from you.

    While being dragged out by your ankles, isn’t that a great time to tell your father the carpet is filthy, and he really ought to clip his nose hairs?

    Since Christmas is ripped out of public schools, nativity scenes smothered under the weight of wiccan ornaments, buddah, hindu, and muslim, or court orders, how about RUINING CHRISTMAS IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN HOME?

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