Sunday, March 25, 2012

Vogue Mother's Child Weight Loss Contreversy

Mother Dara-Lynn Weiss has made quite a splash with her article in the April issue of Vogue, in which she talks about her efforts to help her daughter Bea lose weight before a photo shoot. Bea, age 7, was obese according to her pediatrician at  4'4" and 93 pounds.
Unfortunately, this is a prognosis that has become common in the modern world. But what really outraged readers was her methods. "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," she wrote. "I stopped letting her enjoy Pizza Fridays when she admitted to adding a corn salad as a side dish one week. I dressed down a Starbucks barista when he professed ignorance of the nutrition content of the kids' hot chocolate whose calories are listed as '120-210' on the menu board: Well, which is it? When he couldn't provide an answer, I dramatically grabbed the drink out of my daughter's hands, poured it into the garbage, and stormed out."

After a year, Bea did lose 16 pounds, which was Dara-Lynn's goal for her before the scheduled Vogue photo shoot. However, was the weight loss worth all of the pressure she put on her daughter for a full year? Extreme weight loss measures can have damaging consequences for adults, and even more for children. Weight loss is never easy, but it is a process that should be approached delicately with children. Encourage them to eat healthy foods by serving them up at home. Don't give harsh punishments if your kids eat unhealthy foods. Instead discuss with them how unhealthy foods impact their lives. And let them know that junk food is okay sometimes, but not all the time. Also, make exercise a regular part of your child's life by going for walks with them and playing games. There are lots of exercise ideas for kids, including sports, DVDs, dance video games, and kids exercise CDs

You don't have to put your child on a stringent regimen to help them loose weight. Making it fun and reasonable will help your child to develop healthy ideas about their bodies and fitness in the long run.

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