Who gives a weight-loss book as a gift?

A family crisis-fed lengthy stressful life prompted a parent to pack on about 20 pounds during the pandemic. With that in mind, a friend's Christmas gift — a best-selling book on losing weight — feels more like an insult than a good gesture.



February 3, 2023 - 4:04 PM

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Dear Carolyn: For Christmas, my friend gave me a best-selling weight-loss book.

During the pandemic, my adult child had a mental health breakdown, secondary to drug abuse, and moved in with me. In all the personal and societal stress, I put on 20 pounds. I had not talked with my friend about this.

But I am doing the work to eliminate that weight gain and am increasing my exercise.

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