In order to illustrate the point that I am about to make, I feel that a quiz is necessary. A straight-up Seventeen Magazine style quiz (psst, fellow teens of the 90’s, is that magazine even still out there anymore)?
In which of the following scenerios is it ok to comment on someone’s weight? For simplicity sake, I’m going to choose “she” for these examples. Check all that apply:
A) When your friend or coworker that has been on a diet to lose weight and it looks like she has gone down a couple of sizes as in “Wow! You have lost some weight, you look fantastic!”
B) When someone is very thin as in “Well you are so skinny, you can afford to eat that.”
C) When someone is pregnant as in “Wow, you are really out there, when are you due?”
D) When someone looks to be very fit as in “You look like you are in great shape, you must work out!”
E) When someone that is fat says “I like that store, but I’m too large to shop there” and you try to make them feel better as in “nooooo, you aren’t large” or “you are not fat.”
I know, tricky right? What if instead of “check all that apply” I said “choose one.” It’s a game changer isn’t it? Now we all know that the answer is probably F) Never.
And that’s right my friend, it is. I hope you used a number 2 pencil…