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Old July 27th, 2013, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by droomph View Post
I feel like you have all the right to think whatever you want, but here's the catch: did you help anybody overcome any of these problems? If so, great. If not, you have no right to say any of this.

(And it doesn't have to even have made a direct difference. It could be simply forcing a friend to go to the gym even though he doesn't want to, or complimenting him on how much better he's looking now that he's trying to lose weight.)
I don't know why you think I wouldn't have the right to say any of it if I hadn't helped people, but yeah, I have. I encourage people who are trying to lose weight and congratulate them if they do. Working toward a difficult goal and accomplishing it is something to be proud of.

Again, though, I'm not sure why I have to have done this in order to qualify for stating the obvious.
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