The problem: your partner asks you what you think of her decidedly pudgy body

The lie Her question has an emotional subtext, says psychiatrist Dr Paul Dobransky. It’s not about her weight; it’s about the depth of your regard for her. So answer the question she’s really asking.

The payoff When you say, “Your body is one of the wonders of the world” and back it up with a lustful stare, she’ll try to live up to that – at the gym.

Photo by Shutterstock Aug 9, 2012

When to lie to your partner

A little white lie can go a long way in these very special circumstances

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  1. Martine B08:59pm Monday 26th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    About time men look at themselves in a mirror; past 40+, accumulated volume in their upper body leaves them "bumless"; so "sexy"! No wonder women file for divorce at that stage; if the sight of your man turns you off, either you go, or settle for a sexless life! (not going to be very popular, here; but women do their best to maintain their looks; most men don't give a #$%$

  2. Bright_Raven11:10am Tuesday 20th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Author confirmed for fat #$%$ with Diabeetus

  3. Flash11:49am Sunday 18th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    If she begins to become a visual turn off I would warn her, but if she starts to fart in her sleep then i would unhitch the #$%$

  4. Christine09:58pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    maybe we should start telling guys the truth ..the guys that throw the comments are nearly always fat themselves..its about time men grew up ..this is not all about them ..

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  5. Paw06:49pm Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It's time men started telling women to grow up. If they look fat, then tell them so. If they threaten to leave, then open the door for them, to make their exit a little easier. I agree with Christopher J. It's time to stop treating girls and women like children and start forcing them to take responsibility. Having to put up with feeding narcissistic women's egos everyday, is too much. MGTOW gentlemen! If you don't know that one, it's Men Go There Own Way!

  6. margaret m04:38pm Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Maybe she's a good cook. Looked in the mirror yourself?

  7. IT`S ALL ABOUT BOAT PEOPLE.09:12pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Fark you make me sick....