A psychologist suggests adding people's weight to the list of conversational no-no's during the holidays.
Your mother probably asked you not to talk politics over food; your wife hates you discussing work, now a psychologist has added weight to the list of topics not to be discussed during holidays.
While you are eating during holidays, adding people’s weight to the list of conversations is a no-no. Although you might be concerned that a loved one's excess weight poses a health problem, bringing it up will likely cause hurt feelings, said Josh Klapow, an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health.
"Most people know when the scale has gone up. Instead of pointing out what they may very well know, be a role model," Klapow said in a university news release. "You can take action by starting to eat healthy and exercise. Make it about you and let them model your behavior."
Beth Kitchin, assistant professor of nutrition sciences at UAB says there are many other ways to make the holidays healthier for everyone.
"This may not be a time for weight loss but just weight maintenance, as it is important to enjoy your favorite foods -- just not overdo it," Kitchin said in the news release. "My big tips for supporting someone would be to plan non-food activities, combine the holiday with activity by walking through the neighborhood with a friend to look at holiday decorations, or take the kids ice skating or Christmas caroling."
"Go shopping for healthy foods and serve these at your home when family and friends are over to eat," Kitchin said.
(Source: HealthDay Reporter)
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