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Vogue Mom Forces 7-Year Old Daughter To Lose 16 Pounds

Article Causes Backlash And Talk Of Eating Disorders

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In a time when childhood obesity is rampant–due mostly to a reliance on fast food and digital devices rather than vegetables and exercise–it’s not uncommon to hear of a parent who takes a doctor’s advice to heart and puts their child on a strict diet.

But in the case of Dara-Lynn Weiss, who wrote an essay published in the April issue of Vogue about doing just that, the issue may have been taken to the extreme. Weiss is now facing huge backlash from the public regarding her parenting methods towards daughter Bea, 7, and the terminology she uses in the essay.

In the piece, Weiss explains that her daughter’s pediatrician warned her that, at 4’4” and 93 pounds, Bea was considered clinically obese and was potentially at risk for future complications like high blood pressure and diabetes. While this may sound like a fairly severe diagnosis to some, it wasn’t the doctor’s words that have readers upset; it’s the way Bea’s mother handled them.

“I once reproachfully deprived Bea of her dinner after learning that her observation of French Heritage Day at school involved nearly 800 calories of Brie, filet mignon, baguette, and chocolate,” Weiss says. “I stopped letting her enjoy Pizza Fridays when she admitted to adding a corn salad as a side dish one week. I dressed down a Starbucks barista when he professed ignorance of the nutrition content of the kids’ hot chocolate whose calories are listed as “120-210″ on the menu board: Well, which is it? When he couldn’t provide an answer, I dramatically grabbed the drink out of my daughter’s hands, poured it into the garbage, and stormed out.”

The goal was to get Bea to lose 16 pounds before the Vogue photo shoot, which she did. But at what cost? Certainly a child as young as 7 needs guidance in order to make better choices for themselves, but is this the right kind?

“That’s still me,” Bea said in the essay. “I’m not a different person just because I lost 16 pounds.”

“I protest that indeed she is different,” Weiss wrote. “At this moment, that fat girl is a thing of the past.”

Weiss recently struck a deal with Ballantine Books–a Random House imprint–to write about the experience. It’s tentatively titled, “The Heavy”.

A Mom “helped” her kid lose 16llbs in a yr, then wrote about it in Vogue. It’s been dubbed their worst article ever. http://t.co/5KhBIFbW(image) 13 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

SICK! RT @Bookgirl96: I mean, really?? Dara-Lynn Weiss Lands Book Deal After Controversial Vogue Essay – http://t.co/dG1ZNXPx via @galleycat(image) 48 minutes ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

i don’t understand…did someone actually hire this woman to write this? or did it somehow slip through the editors? http://t.co/vPf8NNVj(image) 4 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Fat-shaming your 7-year-old daughter? In Vogue magazine? AWESOME JOB Dara-Lynn Weiss. Srsly, that poor little girl… http://t.co/jsXUTX4D(image) 18 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry┬« ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Depressing example of fat-shaming children – aka how to give your daughter an eating disorder, from US Vogue. http://t.co/z8dQzWT6(image) 2 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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