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Dara-Lynn Weiss childhood obesity story sparks outrage

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The fight against childhood obesity is causing controversy—this time, as a mother attests to putting her young daughter on a strict diet in an effort to lose weight.

Mother's push for young daughter to lose weight sparks outrage (Photo: Vogue)

In Fashion magazine Vogue’s April issue, author Dara-Lynn Weiss catalogued her experience after a pediatrician said that her daughter, who was then six years old, was clinically obese and at risk for high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Bea was then 4 feet, 4 inches and 93 pounds.

Weiss chronicled how on certain days she would give her daughter after-school snacks of pizza or gyros, and on others, she would make her choose from low-fat, scantily-portioned options. The author continued to place her daughter on a strict diet—sometimes even depriving her of dinner if she’d learned of Bea over-indulging at school—in an effort to get her to lose 16 pounds for a Vogue photo-shoot.

Weiss stopped allowing Bea to participate in Pizza Friday’s when her daughter “admitted to adding a corn salad as a side dish one week,” according to quotes as reported by The Cutline.

“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 wrote, according to The Cutline.

Weiss said that following her weight loss, Bea said “I'm not a different person just because I lost sixteen pounds,” to which Weiss reportedly said: “I protest that indeed she is different. At this moment, that fat girl is a thing of the past,” The Cutline reported.  

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