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Woman asks if she was wrong to tell friend who lost 120 lbs she 'liked her better when she was fat.'

Woman asks if she was wrong to tell friend who lost 120 lbs she 'liked her better when she was fat.'

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Body shaming, body positivity, weight loss, and body image can sometimes be difficult subjects to tackle in a conversation with our close friends.

While we always want the people we love to feel confident and make healthy choices, you never know what kind of weight-related trauma people have experienced, and it's always best to be as sensitive as possible. While we often think that telling someone they've lost weight is a glowing, standard compliment, sometimes it can be offensive if the person you think you're praising isn't aware they lost weight, or are even perhaps currently suffering from disordered eating. Then, of course, it can often make someone wonder, "did you not like how I looked before" and that's a spiral nobody wants to send a friend into. Associating self-worth with the number on the scale is unfortunately a common struggle to overcome (thanks, "Victoria's Secret" fashion show), and constantly critiquing or complimenting the size of other people's bodies can cause serious strain on relationships.

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