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There was a very popular song from the 1980s called “That’s What Friends Are For”.  The song, written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, was first recorded in 1982 by Rod Stewart but the song’s major popularity occurred in 1985 when Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight released it as a single with the proceeds going to AIDS research.  Here are some of the words:

Keep smilin’, keep shinin’
Knowing you can always count on me for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Okay, away from music trivia and to the weight control soundstage.  Today’s entry was inspired by a discussion I had yesterday with a patient concerning the challenges incurred during the holidays, with one of the major challenges being the remaining “gifts” from friends that were caloric laden.  Candies, cakes, alcohol and other weight control-derailing consumables were provided by “Friends”.

Question:  If a “Friend” knew the person they were providing a gift to is/was an alcoholic, how “friendly” would it be to give their “friend” a bottle of Scotch as a gift?  On the same line of thinking, any “Friend” can easily see that the person they are intending a gift for has a weight control program.  How responsible would it be to gift their “Friend” weight-gaining consumables?

Remember the advertising campaign years ago:  Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  That commercial was imploring people to take care keys away from people that have imbibed too much.

So, as we are all “Friends” to certain people and other people are “Friends” to us, let’s all act responsibly with our friends and rely in our friendships to help our and their weight control efforts.  Ask your friends for help such as having compatible foods at their gatherings, offer them suggestions as to what types of gifts would be best, etc.

That’s What Friends Are For….enjoy an oldie.