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Dara Lyn Weiss Obsesses About Daughter's Weight And Gets A Book Deal
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Dara Lyn Weiss Obsesses About Daughter\'s Weight And Gets A Book Deal

In Vogue Magazine's annual "shape" issue, one essay drew not only the most attention but the most rabid response from readers. The response was so intense, in fact that the writer, Dara Lynn Weiss is going to walk away, not only morally undaunted by what most are labeling blatant child abuse but a book deal as well. Weiss's book is to be a memoir called "The Heavy".

In her essay, called "Weight Watchers", Weiss discusses not only her own weight and body image issues but those of her daughter as well. Weiss's daughter is seven years old. According to the essay, the little girl is overweight, borderline obese and that is troubling to Weiss who has alternated between depriving and then rewarding, reprimanded and coddling the child. For example, Weiss would not allow the little girl to have pizza at her school on a Friday with the rest of the kids but then takes her to a questionable meal later. Weiss defended her actions saying that she had followed a children's book, written by a pediatrician to achieve her daughter's weight loss. However, it was not her methodology but her reasoning and her attitude that has come into question.

Dr. Robin Silverman is a body image expert and found the whole essay to be distressing for a number of reasons. Instead of focusing on health and fitness, for instance, Weiss's whole goals are centered around looks and keeping her daughter from the "shame" of being a fat girl. Silverman warns that equating weight with looks sets children, especially girls, up for serious mental and emotional damage. During puberty, for instance, it is common for girls to gain some weight as their body changes from child to young womanhood. In a child that has been raised with this kind of attitude, that normal weight gain can be devastating. Silverman also warned that Weiss's rewards of new clothes after the little girl's weight loss could also send the wrong messages.

Weiss also admits during her essay that her own struggles with weight are not healthy as well. While she is berating her daughter for eating, she is also sneaking foods when the child is not looking. Her own unhealthy problems with food and weight are being cited as the direct reason for her behavior toward the little girl. Doctors agreed the child needed to lose weight. But, what none are disputing that Weiss went about it in all the wrong ways, with all the wrong attitudes.


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What we need is a how to book on common sense. Good one Amie..

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  about 1 decade ago

I nearly hesitated on this one. I loathe the idea that this woman is vicious to her kid and gets a book deal. Maybe if I am mean to my daughter I could get my second book published! (kidding!)

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  about 1 decade ago
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