How would you deal with it if your husband told you that he no longer found you attractive?
Look at this family (above). The mum in this picture, Stacey Hammond-Moore, told her story this week about she “let herself go” after becoming a mum. “I was too ashamed to take my children swimming because I was worried about what I would look like in a bathing suit,” she confessed to the Mirror. “I was concerned that if I took the kids to a theme park, I would get stuck on the rides.”
However it wasn’t until her husband Jonathon, 31, said something that was incredibly cruel that she decided to do something about her weight. He told her she was “too fat to find attractive”. Stacey, 25, was heartbroken.
I felt upset because I didn’t want to lose him. I was worried that he was going to start looking elsewhere. I was not happy at the time but now I look back and know it was a case of being cruel to be kind.
By that stage her weight had crept up to 95 kilos. So the young mother-of-two decided to try and slim down and ended up losing 30, now weighing in at a slim 66 kilos.
"I love my new figure. I've transformed myself to the point where people don't recognise me," she said.
Jonathon explained that it wasn't just her weight that was the issue. He says Stacey was happy and confident when they first met and that was what he missed the most.
Do we owe it to our partners to stay attractive? It seems unkind or unfair, but the reality is that attraction is integral to a successful relationship.
And it's not just about weight. It's about making an effort with our appearance for the sake of our relationship, whether it be men scrubbing up for their partners or women putting on a bit of make-up.
Is it so wrong to want to be attractive to our partners?
The thing to keep in mind is that attraction isn't love. Just because we may no longer find ourselves attracted to each other at some stage in our relationship, doesn't mean we don't love each other anymore. That's a completely different issue. What we need to keep in mind is that it is important to put some effort into being appealing to our partners, and that includes everything from basic hygiene to looking after our appearance.