Our expert says:
Dear Worried Boyfriend
This is indeed a difficult situation and how you handle it will depend on your girlfriend's psychological makeup. If she is eating because she is insecure and seeking 'comfort' in food, or suffering from depression (depression can cause pronounced weight gain), then anything you say about her getting chubby will have a devastating effect on her. If she is eating because she feels happy and relaxed in your relationship and confident, then you can certainly mention that you think the time has come for her a) to join you at the gym and b) to reduce her food intake. You need to be super tactful and assess the situation carefully because the wrong approach could just spark even more eating and weight gain. Another option would be to ask one of her girlfriends to tactfully point out that she is gaining weight, then the burden of the message does not rest with you and will probably not damage your relationship.
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