Jennifer Lopez may have graced the cover of Vogue’s April Shape issue, but it’s an essay inside the magazine that’s generating the most chatter.
After writing a controversial piece about putting her seven-year-old daughter on a year-long diet, Manhattan socialite Dara-Lynn Weiss has nabbed a book deal with Random House’s Ballantine, according to MediaBistro.
The memoir, which has been tentatively titled The Heavy, will recount Weiss’ journey to get her daughter, Bea, to lose weight.
Critics, including this anonymous New York Magazine blogger, have accused her of exploiting her daughter’s weight loss issues to gain a Vogue byline, while others have assailed her dieting methods.
In the essay, Weiss claims her pediatrician recommended that she address then six-year-old Bea’s weight during a check-up. But it wasn’t until Bea came came home crying because a boy in school had called her fat that Weiss decided to take action. Writes Weiss:
“The incident crushed me, but it was a wake-up call. Being overweight is not a private struggle. Everyone can see it.”
What followed was a year-long diet based on the program “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right,” that she recounted for the magazine. Here’s an excerpt via Jezebel (which also dubbed her essay “the Worst Vogue Article Ever”):
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. 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.
I cringe when I recall the many times I had it out with Bea over a snack given to her by a friend’s parent or caregiver … rather than direct my irritation at the grown-up, I often derided Bea for not refusing the inappropriate snack. And there have been many awkward moments at parties and garcinia cambogia reviews, when Bea has wanted to eat, say, both cookies and cake, and I’ve engaged in a heated public discussion about why she can’t.
In the end, Bea dropped 16 pounds and her mom gained a book deal.
Are you interested in reading her book? Do you think the controversy around her essay is warranted? Or has it been blown out of proportion?