Dear Margo: My mother, whom I love dearly, is putting herself at great risk. She is only in her 50s and has been 400-plus pounds for most of my life. As someone in the health field, I know how harmful obesity is, but nothing I say ever makes her change anything. She eats healthfully, but refuses to work out at all. She won’t walk more than 100 feet if she can avoid it. While we all talk about my sister’s equal obesity, my mother’s weight is never discussed. She draws a line between her own weight and my sister’s by saying, ”Oh, well, she’s young. I’m old.” (I’d seriously like to know on what planet a 50-something is considered ”old,” but that’s another matter.)
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