The truth isn't meant to hurt.
Whenever I return to Bali from a California holiday, local friends greet me with, "Oh, Mr. Nathan, look how fat you got." Back in America, my scale wasn't this honest. Neither were my friends. But here it's actually a compliment. Like, "Great, you're not starving!" You don't see many StairMasters in third-world countries, particularly along the equator.