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twosmallbuttons Sat 22-Jun-13 22:44:07

I'm not quite sure how to even describe this in AIBU but here goes.

Every mealtime DH seems to eat enough for at least 2 people. I think he's forgotten what normal portion size is. When I express surprise at how much he's eating, he puts it down to not eating a proper lunch earlier, or some such reason.

I really don't want to comment all the time on what he eats, but I just sit there like shock thinking how does he think this is normal?

DH has never been 'normal size'. Since the 10 years we've been together his lightest weight has been 16 stone (at our wedding). He is at least 3-4 stone more now. He tried a(nother) diet earlier this year but falls off it if he goes away on business, holiday etc.

I feel sad too because it's affecting our sex life; I can't find him as sexy when he's so much bigger. I feel ashamed to admit this blush as I know physical appearance isn't the bee all.

His family have health problems relating to their size & lack of exercise. He knows he needs to lose weight. I fear for his future tbh - the longer it takes him to lose weight the harder it will be.

I support him fully in his diets etc, make dinners for me & DC that can be easily tailored to fit his diet; don't have any crap foods in the house, etc, but it's not enough. I know this is a sensitive topic but I just want to help him get his energy & zest for life back sad

Southeastdweller Tue 25-Jun-13 22:43:05

Glad to read he's turned a corner. I would encourage him to do exercise - even brisk walking is great and perhaps something you could do together. Exercise is fab for weight loss, mood and many people find they become addicted to it.

twosmallbuttons Mon 24-Jun-13 23:03:22

grin Hearts

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Mon 24-Jun-13 22:50:34

There are some nutritionists who cover the psychological aspects of eating/comfort eating/overindulging so he could get the counselling without labelling it as such IYSWIM.

Well done, OP, I hope this is the beginning of a healthier DH. smile I was going to come on here to post in a jokey way to tell him that his winky looks smaller under a big tummy but I think your approach was better grin

twosmallbuttons Mon 24-Jun-13 22:46:19

Emotional eating...that describes DH very well. Thanks for the diagnosis smile

BriansBrain Mon 24-Jun-13 22:41:22

Lose not loose ffs - although his trousers are a lot looser these days grin

BriansBrain Mon 24-Jun-13 22:40:28

I've just read from beginning to end and I'm so glad to read a positive outcome, as in you spoke to him about how worried you are.

My experience is a bit different because it was my DH who asked me to help him loose weight.

Because of working hours I cold eat with the DC and then cook a fresh meal for him in the evening. Veg and chicken.

Every night

Night after night

I have a tiny appetite and sort of talked DH out of eating until it became normal for him to only need normal size meals.

He still doesn't have any carbs although we do now eat togeather again but I have carbs (because I ned them) and he skips them.

A treat in our house for him is cauli and broc cheese, I've mastered the sauce so it has more mustard seed and black pepper in it than cheese.

He has now started going to the gym and is really enjoying it and feeling so much happier in himself.

It's little steps but now a lot lighter ones than before.

SpecialAgentTattooedQueen Mon 24-Jun-13 22:33:34

Good on you OP! Best of luck to your DH, addictions are hard and admitting you have a problem is the first step which he has taken. He is very lucky to have such a loving, supportive wife. smile

CinnamonAddict Mon 24-Jun-13 22:21:43

I meant therapy. He will probably run a mile at the suggestion grin, but maybe he would read a book? You can google emotional eater, or go on amazon.

twosmallbuttons Mon 24-Jun-13 22:10:37

Thanks Cinnamon, I hadn't thought of that possibility. Do you have any suggestions for what would help? Tbh if DH is not jumping up to go to the GP I'm not sure how he'd react to the suggestion of professional help grin

Ps Do you mean seeing a counsellor, or a personal trainer? blush

CinnamonAddict Mon 24-Jun-13 22:01:33

He may need professional tbh. It's very hard to start a healthy eating regime if the unhealthy eating is a lifelong habit of using food to cover up or cope with emotions. He needs alternative strategies for those issues first.

Good luck!

Saidar Mon 24-Jun-13 22:00:43

So glad you've came out of this together feeling positive.

Hope the GP can give him a good bill health wise so it's just about prevention and enjoying life with each other.


TeWiSavesTheDay Mon 24-Jun-13 21:04:15

I'm glad the talk went down okay twosmall. I hope everything goes well for you all in the future.

monicalewinski Mon 24-Jun-13 21:03:46

Yay! Good luck with everything. x

twosmallbuttons Mon 24-Jun-13 20:42:17

Update smile

Last night I was totally honest with DH and told him I was worried about his health and the direction it was going. I told him I was worried he wouldn't be healthy enough to see our kids into adulthood. I have dreams of us all skipping through meadows wink but currently he can't even hop let alone skip.
I did mention diabetes as a very real possibility - I suggested a visit to the GP so we'll see if he takes himself off there.

He was quite taken aback at first but in the end admitted he has some sort of addiction to food, it's been a problem all his life (his DM over fed him & his sibling as kids). He sees food as a treat, and lets himself treat himself whenever he wants.
He is particularly vulnerable when he's stressed, busy, sad etc. He had a very sad year last year with family stuff, and I don't think he's come out of it fully yet.sad

However, he thanked me for my honesty, and I think this was his 'lightbulb' moment as pp said upthread. He has been quiet today, I suspect is still working his way through all these issues.

Thanks to everyone for their advice, it was a difficult but necessary conversation, and one that I was struggling to do before starting this thread thanks

monicalewinski Sun 23-Jun-13 23:08:33

Lots on here about diet, only some on exercise.

For men especially, they will shred LOADS by getting active (my husband is a pain in the arse with this, will realise he's getting a bit "soft" then train harder for a few weeks and be back in shape - doesn't work quite as fast for me!). Cycling, walking (fast) and strength training - the more muscle he has, the more he will burn fat.

He needs to realise for himself though what he's becoming, stop quietly worrying and get him to have a good look at his habits (if you can).

Saidar Sun 23-Jun-13 23:05:30

"foreverondiet Sun 23-Jun-13 22:42:51
Well who is making and plating up the food?"

Does your DP/Friend/Family monitor your food intake since you are forever on a diet? Or are you allowed to be an adult and regulate your own food intake?

OP is not to blame for her husband's health.

RevoltingPeasant Sun 23-Jun-13 23:05:22

OP I feel so sorry. My poor aunt worked hard all her life and retired at 65 to spend time with her much loved DH. He had always smoked and drunk. They sold the house, bought a boat and wanted to travel the world. Only he had a heart attack before they got to go anywhere. It was awful - she was a PE teacher and v fit, but he always just laughed at her. He will miss his daughter's wedding this summer.

I think it may take knowing someone like that to jolt your H into the reality of what he's doing.

SolidGoldBrass Sun 23-Jun-13 22:55:32

OK, we live in a culture that is hysterically stupid about eating and weight. It's not wrong to like food, and it's NOT, actually, wrong, to be fat. However, the real problem here is that this man is, by the sound of it, eating so much that other family members are going short of food. If the household has a limited food budget then it's not OK for one person to eat much more than everyone else ie when a batch of food has been prepared that's supposed to do two/three meals but one person eats all the leftovers, that's simply unfair. So I would suggest the OP discusses it with her H in these terms: there is not going to be enough food to go round if you just keep eating everything in sight.

SpecialAgentTattooedQueen Sun 23-Jun-13 22:54:34

*eat your lunch and DC obviously!

SpecialAgentTattooedQueen Sun 23-Jun-13 22:54:07

How about just bluntly telling him not to be a cunt and at your lunch when he feels like a fucking snack?

If he wants to kill himself, fine. He doesn't greedily gulp down his wife and D's food as snacks because he feels like it.

foreverondiet Sun 23-Jun-13 22:42:51

Well who is making and plating up the food? Make enough for a normal person.

Make lunch too if necessary. tbh his stomach is probably v stretched so he probably feels hungry after a normal portion.

I would find it a turn off but I suspect if a women came on here and said her DH found her unattractive as she was so fat then everyone would be nice to her and not side with her DH.

CinnamonAddict Sun 23-Jun-13 22:34:25

OP, he has to realise that he cannot go on like this. If he WANTS to lose weight, I'm sure any method will work as long as it includes normal portion sizes and exercise he likes.

I can fully understand that you don't want to hide food. That's silly. He's an adult, he can get food from anywhere.

He needs a lightbulb moment. I had one and after that losing weight (and keeping it off) was easy. Because I wanted it.

FurryDogMother Sun 23-Jun-13 21:27:29

City, I think twosmallbuttons knows that her husband's eating patterns aren't the best - which is why she's asking for advice. No need to be quite so harsh in your reply? I too have lost a lot of weight in the past year (5 stone +) and I too have a husband who seems to be turning into The Blob before my eyes. I'm worried sick about him, and have told him that. All I buy is good, whole food, and I cook everything from scratch. What I can't control are his trips to the local shops for doughnuts, or his Guinness habit. He has to decide to change for himself, I can't make him do it.

I'm actually quite frightened, I have no idea what I'd do if he dropped dead suddenly - and he's almost 50, overweight (4 stone, I reckon), drinks too much, and still smokes a bit despite taking up vaping. Gets no exercise, either. I've told him, in a way that I hope didn't upset him, how much his lifestyle worries me, but no change to date. I have no idea what else I can do - so following this thread very closely and hoping someone comes up with soe good suggestions.

forevergreek Sun 23-Jun-13 21:26:03

Do you eat very early? You say he's snacking already. Would eating at a later time stop this?

We Don't eat until 7.30-8pm ( just finished this eve at 9ish) so no one snacks after ( or before as too busy especially when at work)

AmberSocks Sun 23-Jun-13 21:20:25

Well he is obviously getting the food from somewhere else then,you dont get fat from salmon and veggies.

Theres not really anything you can do is there apart from tell him how you feel and hope he takes notice,like others have said he can only do it if he really wants to.

Im not keen on diets,we dont eat any diet things,everything full fat,milk butter,we eat loads of carbs (italian and spanish)pasta,rice,potatoes,none of us are big.I think its an attitude thing,and bad habits,you cant go on a diet forever,and if you can then it wouldnt be enjoyable.

How about hypnotherapy or something similar?I really do think these things are all in the mind,diets and slimming clubs only work short term.

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