Over the last couple of years I’ve piled on the pounds due to various health issues, and evidently so. I’ve had a wide range of reactions to my weight gain – from being asked I have any “good news” to people asking if I were guilty that I ate a solid, filling dinner. And strangely, people wait for you to respond, like you’re supposed to make some apology. I find it quite fascinating that people’s perceptions change so much when your physical appearance does. So here’s a handy guide for those who’ve been told they’re too fat or dark or skinny or a gazillion other things that everybody else has a problem with.