Are Your Relationships Making You Fat?
5 strategies for dealing with non-dieting loved ones
5. Be Reassuring continued...
What can also help: Include your partner in your weight loss rewards.
"Tell them that if they can help you to lose the next 10 pounds, there
will be a reward in it that you both can enjoy, like a weekend away, or
purchasing an item for the house that you both want," Mezansky tells
If, however, a partner, family member, or friend appears to be deliberately
subverting your weight- loss plans -- and talking it out doesn't help -- talk
to your doctor.
Adds Goodstein: "Though it doesn't happen too often, sometimes, one
person's need to subvert the other person's success is a sign of a sadistic
personality -- with problems that are likely to be evident in other areas of
the relationship as well."
Originally published Feb. 15, 2005.
Medically updated Jan. 23, 2006.