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Your Answers: The Worst Advice for Those Living With Obesity (Infographic)

Posted on November 13, 2016

We asked and you answered! We posted this question: What bits of "advice" do you wish people would stop telling you? and hundreds of you took the time to respond.

What did we learn? From the unconcerned ("Don't eat so much") to the plain unhelpful ("Just drink more water"), advice is hurled at us from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers. While most suggestions are probably well-intentioned, hearing them over and over can make us feel that our condition is minimized and misunderstood.

Some of the most common answers we heard:

  • Just drink more water
  • Don’t eat so much
  • Go out and do things
  • Just do it
  • Should you be eating that?
  • At least you are tall...
  • You would feel better if you lost some weight
  • Put your mind to it

Everyone's situation is different and not all of these apply to each person. Tell us: What advice about obesity do YOU wish people would stop telling you?

A MyObesityTeam Member said:

That’s harsh alright

posted 8 days ago

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