Have I mentioned lately that I love reading the comments you guys leave? I love hearing what you are thinking. I like the two-sidedness of it. Don't get me wrong - I rarely run out of things to say, but it is nice to know I'm not talking to myself. =)
What makes people think it is acceptable to comment on another person's weight? Whether the person is obese, or just put on a couple of pounds - it is not OK to comment on it. Some (I call these people idiots) may say it is a double-standard...that people want to hear praise when they lose a few pounds, so why wouldn't it be OK to comment when they gain? Fine. Never comment on any amount of weight I lose again. I am OK not having your approval for weight lost if it is going to result in you thinking you have the right to comment on weight gained.
I am just mystified by what outcome these offenders are hoping for? Do they think they're funny? Do they believe that you hadn't realized you'd gained a couple of pounds, and needed their keen eye to help you figure out why your pants were tighter?
Amber thought I probably would have had a witty remark to throw back at him - but I think she overestimates me. No one is prepared for this type of attack, and it is an attack. As much as firing something nasty (I can lose weight, but you apparently can't lose stupid) back at them may feel good at the time - and I am not claiming for one second that they don't deserve it - you would ultimately feel bad in the end. Take the high road, as painful as that can be at times. My suggestion, if ever faced with this situation, is to simply tell them "thanks so much for noticing!! I've been working really hard to pack it on!" Unless they are completely daft, they will hopefully pick up on the sarcasm - and (fingers-crossed) think twice before commenting again.
How would you have responded if someone said this to you? Or has someone said something similar to you, and how did you respond?