Vogue’s Controversial Child Dieting Essay to Become Book

The article in which mom Dara-Lynn Weiss writes about putting her 7-year-old daughter on a rigorous diet has garnered enough attention, outrage, and reaction that it will be expanded into a book, The Huffington Post reports.  The article, which was featured in the April issue of Vogue magazine, chronicles Weiss’ decision that her daughter, Bea, needed to lose weight through a the child-focused “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right” program founded by Dr. Joanna Dolgoff.

Few are debating whether Weiss was wrong to worry about Bea’s weight problem–the girl was reportedly in the 99th percentile for weight at 93 lbs and just under 4 and a half feet tall, and childhood obesity affects an estimated 17 percent of American kids and comes with health risks including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  And Dolgoff’s program, which is similar to Weight Watchers in its approach to healthy eating, has had much success and little controversy.

The firestorm around the article has more to do with the specific methodology Weiss employed, including publicly chastising Bea for making unhealthy food choices, withholding her dinner, and pouring a high-calorie Starbuck’s hot chocolate into the garbage in anger.

The book, MediaBistro.com reports, is tentatively titled “The Heavy.”

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  1. by Traci

    On April 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    The thing that puts a bad taste in my mouth is that she’s capitalizing on it with a book deal. I’m all for making money publishing a great book – believe me, but as if the article in Vogue won’t draw enough attention to her once-overweight daughter, the book certainly will.

    I certainly think it’s a poor choice of words to put any child on a “diet” per se, but having them eat healthy is important. All that said, I’ve seen many “solid” kids at the age of 7 who sprouted up and were bean poles by the age of 9. What if this was in the cards for her?