The other day I was talking to an acquaintance--someone I see often but haven't really talked to enough to consider a friend. While talking, this person would make self deprecating jokes about their weight.
I'm not the skinniest person in the world, but I'm pretty skinny and this person is larger than I am. As such my normal response to self deprecating humor--making similar jokes back and playing along--felt like it would come off as insincere since clearly I'm not in the same situation as them. At the same time, trying to deny that their joke is accurate also would've felt hollow since I'm not very close to them and they are clearly overweight.
I ended up laughing and saying something like "yea, that sucks." But it felt empty and awkward.
I appreciate the fact that they're trying to be comfortable with their body image enough to make jokes about it, but what should I focus on when responding to jokes like this to keep the conversation light and show my support for them?