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How can I motivate my husband to lose weight?
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology
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Find a doctor who can help you by talking to him very seriously about his weight.
You may also consider a dietitian, personal trainer, or even a trusted friend to talk to him also. Sometime it is difficult for a spouse to be the motivator. It may seem like nagging instead of caring/love. The most important thing is to not give up. If one tack doesn't work, take another. Good luck with it.

In brief: Enlist help
Find a doctor who can help you by talking to him very seriously about his weight.
You may also consider a dietitian, personal trainer, or even a trusted friend to talk to him also. Sometime it is difficult for a spouse to be the motivator. It may seem like nagging instead of caring/love. The most important thing is to not give up. If one tack doesn't work, take another. Good luck with it.
Dr. Maureen Mays
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Dr. David Wyatt
also check out the ASBP.ORG website - the national society of Bariatric Physicians - who specialize in weight loss and metabolic disorders associated with weight gain and can safely and appropriately advise in the weight loss planning strategy!! Good for you trying to help!! THANKS for the great question!! Happy Holidays!!
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
The best motivator is to be a role model for healthy eating, exercise and weight control. Unless your spouse wants to lose weight it is unlikely that all the talk by any specialist can do any good. You can try stealth techniques such as taking walks together, going out dancing, trying healthier moods. Also great stress reduction. Often it is best to stay in your own lane about weight loss!
Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: With enthusiasm
Point out that obesity, and the diseases for which obesity raises his risk - hypertension, heart disease, obesity, stroke, etc.
- are very likely to kill him early, taking him from you and (if you have them) your children long before he would otherwise pass away. The number one thing he can do to improve health is lose weight by watching quality and quantity of food intake and increasing exercise.

In brief: With enthusiasm
Point out that obesity, and the diseases for which obesity raises his risk - hypertension, heart disease, obesity, stroke, etc.
- are very likely to kill him early, taking him from you and (if you have them) your children long before he would otherwise pass away. The number one thing he can do to improve health is lose weight by watching quality and quantity of food intake and increasing exercise.
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Nope the enthusiasm and assuming knowledge= behavior change is doomed to failure. Threats of loss of loved ones is manipulative. Start with being a great role model for health and wellness for yourself. Engage your husband in stealth activities, try dancing with a wii, other Wii sports, providing healthy snacks, reducing soda, sugary drinks in your home. Small steps can build! Good Luck
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