• Emma Green

How to deal with food and body comments

Something that comes up with my coaching clients a lot of dealing with comments from others about how their body looks or what they are eating.⁣ ⁣

Here are three strategies we discuss implementing, depending on the person, the situation and what feels comfortable.⁣ ⁣ 1. Change the subject: You are not obligated to engage with the comment. You can change the subject, either by acting like you haven’t heard it or by saying ‘can we talk about something else?’ ⁣ 2. Have a stock response: Instead of having to think about if you want to respond and what you want to say, have a go-to generic response to a comment about your food/body. One of my clients’ favourites is ‘I don’t really think about that stuff.’⁣ ⁣ 3. Set clear boundaries: If you know this kind of comment will be made, try to make time before the situation to make your boundaries clear. Feel free to remind people of them too. Diet and body talk is often so ingrained in people’s everyday chatter that they’re unaware of it.

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