Half of us think our friends are fat

... but most of us wouldn't dare to tell them

Nearly half of women believe their friends are overweight, according to a survey, and nearly all women say that at least two of their friends could do with losing a few pounds.

But only a quarter had plucked up the courage to tell a friend she should lose weight.

Where women had talked to a friend about her weight the results had often been bad. More than 10 per cent of women said a friend had been ‘devastated’ and a further 10 per cent had burst into tears.

One in 20 women questioned in a survey for National Obesity Week and Tanita, said they had ended a friendship after being told they were overweight, reports the Mail. One in 10 said they would be furious if a friend commented on their weight.

‘Women are comfortable talking about their own weight and criticising themselves, but most would not be able to cope with a friend telling them they needed to slim down,’ said a spokesman for Tanita, a weight equipment company.

Not all women are sensitive, however. A fifth said they had been told by a friend that they were overweight, and more than half of these quickly did something about it.  

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