Holidays with Family: How to Handle the Topics of Weight and Health

See these tips for handling the topics of weight and health during the holidays

The holidays can be stressful for many reasons. Money, crazy schedules, you name it! But for some, joining together with family can bring feelings of anxiety and discomfort.

Many people who struggle with weight report feelings of uneasiness around family — especially during the holidays. This can happen if you haven’t been around each other for a while, or if you’re hyper-conscious about your appearance or what you eat. If this is you, you’re not alone.

Happy Holidays: Family Edition

Anxieties that stem from time spent with family shouldn’t ruin your holiday! If you feel that the topics of weight and health might awkwardly come up, consider these tips:

Make it a Conversation Starter

If a loved one asks how you’re doing, don’t be afraid to let them know you’ve been working on your health. This might open the door to talk constructively about healthy living and shared experiences. Be proud of yourself and show them you’re making positive decisions.

Hold Your Own

If someone makes a hurtful comment, choose how you act. You can let it slide off your shoulder or respectfully let them know that’s a topic that doesn’t have a place in your holiday gathering.

Consider the Bigger Picture

If comments about weight and health come up, try to recognize the reason why. Your loves ones care about you, so they likely have an honest interest in your overall well-being.

Don’t Hide 

Don’t feel like you have to dress a certain way or eat a certain way to pacify any remarks from loves ones. Only you know your health plan and the hard work you’re putting in.

Set an Example

If you’re concerned about weight during the holidays, lead the way for healthy living. Bring a healthy dish to your family dinner or suggest an active activity everyone can participate in.

Just Focus on You

As mentioned earlier, only you know the ins and outs of your health. You have your own plan and your own goals. You can also choose whether or not you communicate those plans and goals with your loved ones. You’re the star of your own show — not anyone else!


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