1. Stace
    @ 3:00 am

    That is pretty shallow! I guess it comes down to priorities… if your larger friends really are contributing to your weight problem, which do you want more: friends, or weight loss? Anyway, blaming friends seems like just another way of avoiding responsibility, like blaming McDonalds. Keep your friends! Live and love.


  2. School counsellor
    @ 11:45 am

    I love this sentence: “How about giving credit to someone for their intelligence, humour, their love of life/ exuberance, self confidence and inner beauty. Someone who is nice and friendly, not bitchy and puts others down.”.

    This is something I am trying to assist girls with every day.

    I see so many young girls with eating disorders which have developed out of a fear of not fitting in, not being accepted for who they are and how they look.

    Your image at the end is priceless!


  3. Kate Luella
    @ 5:04 am

    both are important! probably friends moreso… 🙂


  4. Anonymous
    @ 7:04 am

    Just a side note, you can still have a laugh and be silly if you’re someone who watches what they eat and goes to the gym. The portrait you paint of the health conscious woman is really quite derogatory – not all women who watch their weight eat lettuce leaves and pump weights at the gym everyday. Sure, Susie’s article was a little insensitive, but some of your comments are as well.


    • Kellie Anderson
      @ 11:28 am

      I'm not saying that healthy conscious people can't be good fun but I have had friends who don't talk about anything else but weight loss and everything that goes with it. It becomes quite boring after a while.


  5. Naomi Brooks
    @ 12:00 am

    I think you have misrepresented the article pretty badly. Having read the article, and being a GP who spends all day trying to get people motivated to make healthy life choices, the article is totally correct that if you hang out with people who overeat, force unhealthy food on you, are lazy, smoke and drink heavily, you are not getting support to make healthy life choices. The headline of the article is totally derogatory and misleading because I don’t think the article, or the study it reports is saying ditch friends just because they are fat. I certainly tell my patients trying to give up smoking, alcohol, drugs etc, not to hang out with friends who do whilst they are making those sorts of changes, don’t you think it makes sense around over eating or lack of exercise as well? That doesn’t mean you “ditch your friends”, but you might well invite the friend whose eating habits have been worrying you for a while to come along for the ride.


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