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Daughter Can't Convince Her Parents To Change Their Diet

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            ABBY - May 28, 2008 
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DAUGHTER CAN'T CONVINCE HER PARENTS TO CHANGE THEIR DIET

ABBY: I am greatly worried about the health of my parents. 
My mother has Type 2 diabetes, and my father has high 
cholesterol and blood pressure. Both of them have poor 
eating habits.

I have tried convincing them to eat healthier and exercise,
but they are stuck in their old ways. Mom still brings home 
cookies, brownies and candy, and Dad still eats cheese and 
deep-fried foods. How can I get them to adopt a healthier 
lifestyle? 
-- DEEPLY CONCERNED DAUGHTER, LOS GATOS, CALIF.

DAUGHTER: As much as you love your parents, you cannot do
for them what they refuse to do for themselves. I am 
assuming that their physician has warned them about what 
will happen if they continue eating the way they do. 

You can offer encouragement, but you cannot force them to 
give up their unhealthy lifestyle. You can also learn 
from their poor example and not backslide into the eating 
habits you learned as a child growing up in their household.



ABBY: A group of us from work go out for drinks a few 
times a week. My boss's husband hits on me in front of 
her, and she doesn't say anything. A few of my co-workers 
are lesbians, and they hit on me, too. I don't have a 
boyfriend, but I have never been attracted to people of 
the same sex. I enjoy going out, but feel uncomfortable, 
and they are my only friends. How do I stop all this non-
sense? 
-- BRENDA ON THE EAST COAST

BRENDA: The surest way to "stop the nonsense" would be to 
quit mixing business and personal relationships. Inform 
your boss that her husband's behavior is sexual harassment, 
and you want her to put a stop to it. Tell your co-workers 
that while you like them, you are straight, and if they 
don't stop hitting on you, you will report it to your boss. 
And last, instead of socializing with these people after 
work, join a gym or sign up for a class where you will meet 
new people and develop new relationships.

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ABBY: I am 21, but look a few years younger than my age. I 
recently underwent a procedure at my orthodontist's office 
that turned out to be more painful than expected. It lasted 
almost an hour, and one of the professionals seemed to 
think it would be helpful to talk "baby talk" to me for the 
entire duration. Being talked to like that, in addition to 
the pain I was experiencing, was extremely irritating.

A few of my friends have told me that they have also been 
treated this way by medical professionals. What would be a 
polite way to tell someone to just shut up with the baby 
talk?
 -- IRRITATED ADULT IN BOSTON

IRRITATED ADULT: You should not tell the person to "shut up 
with the baby talk." Your message will come across stronger 
if you tell the person -- once the procedure is finished -- 
that being spoken to like a child was patronizing, and in 
the future you would prefer to be spoken to like the adult 
you are. 



ABBY: After my kids come home from swim practice at the 
local high school, my wife insists they take a shower to 
clean off. I figure that any chemicals added to the pool, 
like chlorine, will kill off the germs. So my question is, 
is it necessary to shower after swimming in a chlorinated 
pool? 
-- FATHER KNOWS BEST (IN SAN DIEGO)

FATHER: In this case, mother knows best. Chlorine is a 
harsh chemical that is drying to the skin and damaging to
the hair. Your children should listen to their mother, and 
you should stop trying to undercut her.





ABBY is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as 
Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline 
Phillips. Write ABBY at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box  
69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. 
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