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Uh oh, it is that time of year to turn the scale back five to seven pounds. Because that is how much weight the average American gains during the Holidays! Can this be possible? Well, I guess we start stuffing ourselves (and the turkey) on Thanksgiving Day and the food-fest just keeps on going through New Year’s Day.

Gaining weight and holiday dresses do not go well together! “Does this dress make me look fat?” Hmm, this is evidently a frequently asked question that wives pose to their husbands. Sadly, there is no correct answer.

It seems as though the longer a couple stay married, the more often a husband might be coaxed to respond to this tricky, if not downright perilous question. Sitcoms have been based on this premise, books written on the topic, arguments have ensued, and feelings have been hurt. Honesty may be a wonderful virtue. Men, do not even try it in this situation! Punt, run, stumble, fumble or simply refuse to answer.

I have a girlfriend, Joy, who asked her husband last week, “Do these pants make me look fat?” George, being a thoughtful man, took a deep breath and very meekly said, “a little.” OK, what’s wrong with that?

From what I understand the conversation went “sideways” when my friend proceeded to ask him what pants didn’t make her look “chubby” and George became tongue-tied. In his defense, he claimed he just didn’t know her wardrobe well enough to comment. Their plans to go out to a Holiday party ended abruptly.

Hey, this is the Season to be merry!

So, why ladies do we ask our husbands questions if we don’t want to hear the answers? Many a psychologist has written on this very topic, with no particular conclusion. But, there are some “answers” to the “do I look fat” question that seem very useful.

A colleague asked her husband, “Does my outfit make me look fat?” Her ever cool spouse replied, “It’s not my job to comment on your weight. I am here to tell you the truth and you are always beautiful.” Nice one! I told this to my husband, Doug, and he shook his head and laughed out loud. What’s so funny?

There are some “experts” out there who think we are all obsessed with weight.

Dieting is big business, yet most Americans struggle with a few too many pounds. Hey, what are we to do? There are Christmas cookies to bake (and eat), parties to attend with tasty and fattening treats, huge dinners, festive drinks and plenty of eggnog to ruin any diet.

Turn back the scale or avoid it completely. Go to those Christmas parties. Enjoy the cooking, baking, drinking and eating that makes the Holidays so special. And you never have to ask, “Does this outfit make me look fat?” You are simply beautiful just the weigh you are!


Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a story or a comment? Email Judy at



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