10 Weight-Loss “Compliments” That Are Actually Kind Of Shady

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Earlier today we told you about Gabourey Sidibe’s feelings about people who congratulate her on losing a lot of weight. In case you missed it:

What had been happening is, since I’ve been losing weight over the past year, people have been saying, “Congratulations on your weight loss!” It doesn’t rock me. It just annoys me because I’m just like, don’t congratulate me on that. If you’re going to congratulate me on my weight loss, also congratulate me every time I pee. Congratulate me every time I’m burping. Because my body actually has nothing to do with you, and I don’t really need your support for it. It seems ill-placed. I don’t need your support. That’s weird to me because my body will always be my body and always had been, and you have nothing to do with it and you’re kind of a stranger. But the way it works is that this is just my body. In the same way that this is just my face, this is just mine.

And while you might think she’s overreacting, it’s true that there are certain types of weight loss “compliments” that actually make people uncomfortable. We might not always mean any harm, but these comments can feel like praise covered in shade.

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“You’ve lost weight! You look great!”

Someone could read this seemingly harmless comment as a person saying one only looks great due to slimming down. I know, I know, it sounds like nothing, but ditching the “You’ve lost weight” and just saying “You look great” is the best way to go.

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