Health concerns, name confusion and daily texts

Dear Amy:

My husband and I have been married for nine years.

When we were newlyweds, we had the luxury of running after work and hiking on weekends. We didn’t have a lot of stress.

Fast-forward to two kids, a home, careers, and a life unbalanced — and my husband has gained about 30 pounds.

I’m not judging him as I totally understand the problem of stress eating, aging and not having enough time to exercise.

I will love him no matter what.

My problem is his health. I’m terrified that he might have a heart attack or a stroke.

He’s a smart guy and he knows he needs to lose weight, but the problem is he’s not going to try.

He eats bags of cookies, brownies, and fast food. He refuses to go to the doctor because he says he needs to “lose weight first” but doesn’t bother to do so. He has not had a physical exam in more than seven years.

I can’t bring myself to tell him that he really needs to lose weight because I don’t want to make him feel any worse than I know he already is.

I suspect it’s partly an emotional issue.

There comes a point when something has to change.

How can I bring this up with him without embarrassment or judgment?

– Concern for wellness woman

Dear concerned:

Her husband knows he has an eating and weight problem. He expressed this to you, because he says that he avoids a check-up because of the dreaded scales in the doctor’s office (by the way, anyone can refuse to be weighed at the doctor’s).

Therefore, the first thing you should do is urge your husband to see his doctor and ask him not to be weighed if he is uncomfortable with the weighing.

People sometimes overeat for a variety of complicated reasons, and engaging in decoding these reasons and triggers can help one regain a sense of control. A nutritionist can help reset some of these behaviors through education and coaching. A therapist can help by talking about stress and offering coping techniques.

You could open this up as an issue if he’s willing to discuss it.

Assure him that you love him, that you have his back, and that you will give him space to make any efforts that might help him get better. If he doesn’t want to discuss it, leave the topic alone. He will get there when he is ready.

Dear Amy:

My legal first name “Jan” is a form of another common name, “Janet”.

I’ve always used my legal name and that’s what my family and friends call me. It’s the only name I’ve ever known.

There’s a woman in my town who always calls me “Janet,” even though my daughter and I have told her my real name many times.

Yesterday she called me “Janet” twice in a grocery store and I didn’t answer because my back was to her so I couldn’t see her and – hello – that’s not my name.

Then she came up to me, addressed me as “Janet” and asked me a question.

That really bothers me!

Should I remind her again or just put up with it?

– Bugged in a small town

Dear Bugged:

I wonder if you have ever told this person that your name “Jan” is not short for “Janet”. She may know a Jan/Janet and reflexively resort to a name that isn’t yours.

Next time that happens, be patient: “They always call me Janet, but I’m confused because that’s not my name. My parents called me Jan. It’s not short for Janet. It’s just Jan. So you can call me “just Jan” if you want, but I really won’t answer Janet.”

If you continue to be miscalled after that, I think you should accept that as quirk and choose to greet it with a sigh.

Dear Amy:


DevanCole is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DevanCole joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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