Dealing with childhood obesity...

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Dealing with childhood obesity...

I've seen several articles about this story and the spin is always a little different....

In a nutshell, pediatrician tells mom that her daughter is obese (7 years old, 4'4", over 90 lbs) and mom embarks on a year long mission to get the girl to lose weigh. It worked, the girl lost 16 lbs and grew 2 inches taller.

However, some are skeptical of mom's techniques.

What do you think? Does it sound like mom went overboard? Or does the success speak for itself? What would have been a better tactic? Do you think the girl is going to have issues due to this focus on her weight at such a young age? Can you help a child lose weight without making it about "being fat"?

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/vogue-article-mom-7-old-daughter-weight-sparks-175546979.html

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That article made me sad. That woman did nothing to address healthy eating for her daughter and basically made her binge and purge without the vomiting. "Eat a bunch of cupcakes one day...next day a meager dinner for you." What a messed up way to help her daughter lose weight. She wasn't focused on a better lifestyle for her daughter..she just wanted her daughter to be thin. How sad.

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The article does sound like a sad one (although I only read the OP's link, not the actual Vogue article). I don't mind parents teaching their children healthy eating or even trying to help overweight children lose extra weight. It took her an entire year to lose sixteen lbs, so that's not extreme. If you cut someone's eating habbits from pizza and ice cream to fruits and veggies, they're going to lose weight little by little just by that change alone. From the little article that was posted on the matter, the woman does sound a little whacked out of her mind, though...

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Yeah, losing the 16lbs was probably good weight wise but not health wise nor does it teach her anything for long term healthy eating. Gorging on cupcakes and then next day having a hard boiled egg is never a good way to diet. Eating healthy foods daily and allowing sweet treats in moderation is a much better way for her to go and she probably would have lost that weight just as quickly if not more so.

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"I'm pretty sure Weiss just handed her daughter the road map to all her future eating disorders."

This pretty much sums it up for me. How sad.

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She did nothing to encourage healthy eating habits. So no, I don't agree with her way of handling it. The basis of a good diet is healthy eating and exercise, not providing your young daughter with the tools to binge/purge.

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Was it Vogue that did that piece with the overtly sexualized child a few months back? We debated it?

Consider me boycotting Vogue. What a sad example of a Mother.

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This appalled me:

"Sometimes Bea's after-school snack was a slice of pizza or a gyro from the snack vendor," Weiss wrote. "Other days I forced her to choose a low fat vegetable soup or a single hard-boiled egg. Occasionally I'd give in to her pleas for a square of coffee cake, mainly because I wanted to eat half of it. When she was given access to cupcakes at a party, I alternated between saying, 'Let's not eat that, it's not good for you'; 'Okay, fine, go ahead, but just one'; and 'Bea, you have to stop eating crap like that, you're getting too heavy,' depending on my mood. Then I'd secretly eat two when she wasn't looking."

Like, what a douchey, hypocritical thing to say. I can't stand "Do as I say, not as I do" parenting. If making your kid feel like a piece of $hit depending on your mood is something you're proud of, you're a lame a$$ excuse for a mother.

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

Like, what a douchey, hypocritical thing to say. I can't stand "Do as I say, not as I do" parenting. If making your kid feel like a piece of $hit depending on your mood is something you're proud of, you're a lame a$$ excuse for a mother.

This is what got me too. Obviously, the mom has issues with food herself and has totally passed them on to her child via exhibiting poor eating habits for the first 7 years of her daughter life and now with this diet plan.

I will commend her though for at least doing something. The little girl did end up losing a healthy amount to weight over a reasonable length of time. To often parents just sit back and say it isn't their fault, and wash their hands of the problem. At least this mom owned up to it being her fault that the girl was obese... Although her methods to fix the problem leave much to be desired.

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More glorification of bad parenting a'la 2012. The horrible mom got a book deal out of the article.

This is exploitation of this child, pure and simple. The links in this article are great, I encourage you to check them out.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/dara-lynn-weiss-book_n_1381105.html

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How awful that a publisher would make a book deal out of this.

The kid better get the royalties out of her life being put on display.

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oh my God to the book deal. That is 1 book I will not be reading. I love how she describes her daughter's diet as a red light green light. Yeah if red light, green light were to apply to the same food as to cause confusion.

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Creepy and weird, I agree with the consensus that this girl is now set up to have body image and eating issues for the rest of her life unless things change. Awful. Gross.