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A man has been slammed by Facebook users after he revealed that he wanted to ask his girlfriend to lose weight.

The man, who chose to remain anonymous, made the admission on the popular Humans of New York Facebook page – a photography project featuring a number of portraits and interviews collected in the streets of NYC.

In the post, he explained how his girlfriend's weight had bothered him since the beginning of their one-and-a-half year relationship, though he had hoped he would be able to “get past it.”

He went on to explain how he loves everything else about her, and doesn't want to end the relationship over that “one little reason.”

“It’s been 1.5 years. And I feel horrible, but I just can’t get past it. And I feel like a bad person for being bothered by it. I can’t bring myself to tell her,” he said.

“We’re going to couple’s therapy next week, but I still don’t think I’ll be able to say it. Is there any right way to ask someone to lose weight for you?”

Comments immediately began to flood in, with many users expressing their outrage at the man's comments. 

 "If you're concerned about her health, approach it from that angle. If you're concerned about her appearance, you should probably just stay single," one user wrote. 

Another said: "No. You are the one with the problem, not her. Do her a favour and end it." 

Speaking to The New York Post, couples counsellor, Rachel Sussman, gave her thought gave the issue: 

“When you see your partner change significantly, it may change the way you feel about them,” she said. 

“He might find [that he’s] attracted to someone else, that he has intimacy issues, that he loses attraction to his partners after a certain period of time — or he might be super immature.”

Other users were quick to jump to his defence, with one even describing his dilemma as a "natural issue." 

"He’s asking for your advice, not your validation to hurt his girlfriend, which is obviously the last thing he wants to do. So stop attacking him for dealing with the way he feels in a really reasonable and self-reflective way."

Either way, I think we can all agree that Facebook probably isn't the best platform to seek advice for such a sensitive issue and an open and honest conversation bewtwen the pair is what's really needed.  

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While people who are overweight might enjoy active lifestyles and high levels of fitness, it seems those extra pounds could increase the risk of heart attack, no matter how healthy the person may seem.

A recent study of over half a million people across Europe has debunked the 'fat but fit' myth, after results showed that overweight and obese people had up to a 28 per cent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease, even if their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels were normal.

Head researcher, Camille Lassale, of University College London, concluded that "there is no such thing as being healthy obese."

"You are at an increased risk of heart disease," she added.

For the study, scientists examined data on 520,000 people in 10 countries from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).

During a follow-up period of 12 years, 7,637 people were found to have encountered issues with heart health.

After comparing this group to 10,000 others in the study, researchers found that people who were overweight but healthy had a 26 per cent increased risk of developing heart disease.

This risk rose to 28 per cent for those with a BMI over 30.

"Even if you are classified as metabolically healthy, (excess weight) was associated with an increased risk of heart disease," Camille said.

"It's another brick in the wall of evidence that being healthy overweight is not true."

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There seems to be a craze taking over the world lately; naked dining.

First, London opened a restaurant where diners were asked to fully de-robe. Australia then opened a 'clothing is optional' pop-up earlier this year.

And now, Japan has hopped on the bandwagon, opening a new naked restaurant, The Amrita, in Tokyo – BUT there's major strings attached.

As the staff wear G-strings to serve you food, it's not just any old joe that can get a seat in the unusual eatery. They have many, many rules:

  • No phones.
  • No "calling out to other customers."
  • No tattoos.
  • No touching.
  • Nobody under the age of 18 or over the age of 60.
  • And *drumroll* please – No overweight people.

We kid you not. You will be weighed and measured before you gain entry into The Amrita. If you're 30 pounds over the restaurant's recommended weight, then you're out on your bum.

AND you'll lose out on your money, too. The €115 to €473 dining experience – which you pay before you're weighed – is not refunded if you don't gain entry.

We think we'll keep our clothes on, thanks.

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Former The Voice Of Ireland judge Jamelia has certainly ruffled a few feathers – by saying that fat people shouldn’t be able to buy clothing on the High Street.

The singer appeared on Loose Women – where she is a regular panellist – on Tuesday afternoon and debated the issue of overweight teenagers.

“I am all for celebrating people for who they are – everyone has the right to be comfortable in their own skin,” she said live on air, before adding: “I think everyone should have access to lovely clothes but I do not think it’s right to facilitate people living an unhealthy lifestyle.”

 

She also stated: “In high-street stores you’re catering for the average woman; there’s a healthy [weight] range, and I don’t believe they should be providing clothes for below that range or above that range.

The 34-year-old mother-of-two concluded: “Yes have specialist shops, but you should feel uncomfortable if you’re unhealthy.”

Understandably, her comments quickly proved divisive, with viewers taking to social media to air their own opinions on the matter. One Twitter user was outraged, stating: “Disgusted and personally offended by what #jamelia said about plus size women. It’s just as bad as #racism and #homophobia”. Another Tweeted directly at the star, asking: “Really?? I am sorry should us larger people walk round in binbags to make you feel better. #disgusting”.

Jamelia featured on The Voice Of Ireland in 2013 and 2014

However, others seemed more sympathetic. “Kind of agree with the Jamelia thing, but only as part of a wider cultural change and education about health. Being size 22 isn't good,” said one supporter.

Jamelia, who appeared on the Loose Women episode wearing a dress from Marks & Spencer’s Per Una Speziale range and Rosa Red earrings, left her stint on RTE’s The Voice a year ago and was later replaced by current judge Una Foden of The Saturdays.

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If indulging in a Big Mac didn’t make you feel guilty before, it probably will now.

A new study has found that every fast food meal a person eats increases their BMI by 0.03 points.

Now that may not seem like a lot, but if you’re a regular at the local chipper, you can just imagine how terribly your BMI increases after only a week.

Generally, a person with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered to be a healthy weight, those between 25 to 29.9 are considered to be overweight and a BMI of more than 30 is classed as obese.

The researchers involved in the study think that the government can help reverse the obesity epidemic by regulating how fast food is being advertised as well as giving people economic incentives to encourage companies to sell healthier foods.

But for the meantime, it looks like you’ll just have to think twice before ordering another take away because those 0.03 points will eventually add up…

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