By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOKDieting has become the great American pastime. Ladies Who Lunch have been replaced by Ladies Who Do Pilates. It's nearly impossible to run into another woman and not hear some permutation of "You look great! Have you lost weight?" So I sadly wasn't surprised to see Dara-Lynn Weiss' essay in Vogue this month (text not online) about how she put her "obese" 7-year-old daughter Bea on a strict diet. Weight Watchers, in this case, was the precursor to the mommy-daughter fashion show.
Related: 17 5-Minute Marriage MakeoversI also wasn't surprised to see the backlash against Weiss. While I think she was going for "honest" in her story, she sounded entitled, narcissistic and stunningly oblivious to Bea's plight. After Bea loses 16 pounds-just in time for her Vogue photo shoot-Weiss writes, "Only time will tell whether my early intervention saved her from a life of preoccupation with her weight, or drove her to it."
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