In the April 2012 issue of Vogue, socialite and New York city mother Dara-Lynn Weiss shared her techniques on how she forced her 7-year-old daughter, Bea, to lose 16 pounds. The article, along with the news that Weiss has been offered a deal to turn her story into a book, has created a whirlwind of controversy and has appalled readers, bloggers and mothers alike.
Weiss’s tactics include publicly humiliating Bea by depriving her of birthday cake and even forcing Bea to skip dinner if she over-indulged in school. Bea was officially obese — 4 feet, 4 inches and 93 pounds, according to ABC’s WJLA, but after losing the weight was photographed wearing fancy designer clothes that she can now fit into.
Time Magazine’s Judith Warner calls Weiss “the newest mom-we-have-to-hate” and provides more details of Weiss’s narrative, including how Bea reacted to the restrictions and how she was rewarded after the pounds were shed.
Click here to read Susie Moloney’s defense of Weiss in a Fox News Opinions article.