Q: My sister asked me if I thought she needed to lose a few pounds, and I said yes, but then she got upset. This is such a land mine. What’s the best response to such a question?
A: Even in the most delicate situations, you should always be honest. But remember, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Soften the blow by replying, “Yes, but you’re certainly not alone-there’s a reason why dieting is a multimillion-dollar industry.” You might also want to suggest a plan of action, such as a gym class.