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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