Weight is a huge issue for many of us. For some women, our bodies have not only carried us through life, but they’ve also been at the center of hefty doses of self-criticism and negativity.

As many struggle to get to their ideal weight, or even stay there, some rely on their friends and families to support their efforts. But according to an article by the Detroit Free Press, sometimes those closest to us can be the least supportive.

In the article, “Even close relationships can falter if one loses weight,” writer Jessica Yadegaran discusses how changing lifestyles can put a strain on some relationships.

Yadegaran writes:

You certainly don’t expect it to happen, but it can. Meeting a weight loss or fitness goal, especially a significant one, often shifts the dynamics of your interpersonal relationships. Friends say you’re different, and that they have to get used to the new you. Your wife is suddenly more affectionate, and you wonder why you waited a decade to drop that beer belly.

Whether the changes are positive or negative and because food and body image are so ingrained in our social lives, experts say it’s important to recognize any shifting dynamics and be prepared to discuss them with your loved ones, openly and honestly.

While I’m sure that some people’s relationships have been negatively effected by one friend losing weight while the other continued with questionable eating habits, in my experience friends have not only been supportive in weight loss journeys, but they’ve been extremely helpful. But perhaps I’ve just been lucky.

How about you, Clutchettes? When losing weight or trying to live a healthier lifestyle, have your friends and family been supportive?

Let’s talk about it!

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  • Oh but when I decided to become vegetarian I think my family thought I said I was committing suicide because that’s how they acted. “how are u going to survive w/o meat!” was the reaction i got. So no people wasn’t supportive bit a few years ago I would have never thought I could live w/o meat, after awhile people get use to it. However, that same family who was unsupportive is not going as hard as me but still making changes. I learned to do what I want and eventually those closets to u get use to it and u start to have influence on them.

  • oknow

    i have a friend. we are bout the same weight.. according to her we are not.. she’s lighter i’m heavier. whn i tell her how much i weigh she’ll be like where cause i weigh such and such. it always seems like if i’m thinner than her it becomes a competition. so now i don’t discuss weight loss w/her or what i’m doing to lose weight..

    i figured because we are friends we can lose it together but unfortunately it didn’t happen that way.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    lose weight, gain new friends………

  • ricecake

    I have been up and down the scale for most of my life. But now my daughter wants to loose wieght. We are friends with another family. But every time we decide to crack down and do something about it, they then decide to (after we do). On top of it they insinuate that what we are doing is wong or not being done right. It makes both of us feel like we are in some big comptition to loose wieght. We want to be healthy and I want to be a good example for my daughter, not to mention to be healthy my self. We don’t want to be in a compittion with them and feel like it shouldn’t be an issue at all.