For readers of Battle
Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Bringing
Up Bebe comes a mother’s unflinching memoir about helping her seven
year-old daughter lose weight and the challenges of modern parenting.
When a doctor pronounced Dara-Lynn Weiss’s daughter Bea
obese at age seven, the mother of two knew she had to take action. But how could
a woman with her own food and body issues—not to mention spotty eating
habits—successfully parent a little girl around the issue of obesity?
In this much-anticipated, controversial memoir, Dara-Lynn
Weiss chronicles the struggle and journey to get Bea healthy. In describing
their process—complete with frustrations, self-recriminations, dark humor, and
some surprising strategies—Weiss reveals the hypocrisy inherent in the debates
over many cultural hot-button issues: from processed snacks, organic foods, and
school lunches to dieting, eating disorders, parenting methods, discipline, and
Compounding the challenge were eating environments—from
school to restaurants to birthday parties—that set Bea up to fail and unwelcome
judgments from fellow parents. Childhood obesity, Weiss discovered, is a
crucible not just for the child but also for parents. She was criticized as
readily for enabling Bea’s condition as she was for enforcing the rigid limits
necessary to address it. Never before had Weiss been made to feel so wrong for
trying to do the right thing.
The damned if you do/damned if you don’t predicament came
into sharp relief when Weiss raised some of these issues in a Vogue article. Critics came out in full
force, and Weiss unwittingly found herself at the center of an emotional and
highly charged debate on childhood obesity.
A touching and relatable story of loving a child enough to
be unpopular, The Heavy will leave
readers applauding Weiss’s success, her bravery, and her unconditional love for
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