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What’s the best way to talk to a loved one about his or her weight?

Dr. Mike Dow, PsyD
Addiction Medicine
The best way to talk to your kids - or your spouse or friend - is to move from “you” language to “I” language. Saying, “maybe you shouldn’t eat that,” actually makes people struggling with weight feel judged and makes things worse. But saying, “I feel worried about your health. Is there anything I can do,” lets them know you’re going to be there & you’ll be supportive.

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