“Wow! You look so good! You’ve lost weight!”
“You must have dropped 20 pounds! You’re stunning!”
“Are you getting skinnier? What’s your secret?”
“How did you lose the baby weight so quickly? I’m jealous.”
If you think that these comments are flattering, you aren’t alone. Culturally, thinness is considered a worthy pursuit. Losing weight is often touted with benefits like improved health, increased desirability, and unlimited happiness. Taking up less space, we’re told, means having more success. So, it’s no wonder that remarks like the ones listed above are deemed complimentary. But, as a Body Image Mentor and Eating Psychology Coach, I must disagree. Adulations regarding weight loss are often times unnecessary, discourteous and triggering.
Here’s why you should think twice before praising lost pounds…