When someone loses weight, it’s all-too easy to assume that it’s a good thing.
And often, they’re congratulated for it.
And while this is done probably with the best of intentions, it’s not actually a good idea if you don’t know the story behind someone’s weight loss.
When asked how she manages to stay in shape despite the delicious amount of cake and biscuits she’s always surrounded by, she said this: “I’ve got smaller.
“Sadly, we lost a son.
“William died and I lost a stone and a half and I never put it on again.”
Because while weight is often discussed lightly among people and in the media, it can also be a sign of something more serious.
As well as confusion and anguish, a bereavement – and other distressing experiences – can result in a loss of weight and self esteem.
Or in other cases, it could be a sign of disordered eating, among other things.
So good on Berry for answering the question so succinctly, and reminding us not to pry without good reason.
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