‘The Heavy’: A Mother’s Struggle With Her Child’s Obesity

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Widely criticized after penning a Vogue article describing how she reacted to learning her very young daughter was clinically obese, Dara-Lynn Weiss is back with a memoir that tells the whole story. In The Heavy, Weiss honestly shares what it was like when her 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed with childhood obesity and chronicles the subsequent year of dieting (and ridicule) she and her daughter experienced after the article went public.

Though this book raises bigger, overarching questions of how we as a society are handling childhood obesity, it’s inspiring to see that small changes at home can help slow the epidemic every day. The Heavy not only deals with the story of Weiss’ daughter, but also touches on how our own body image issues, self-esteem and health can affect our children.

Below, we have the first chapter of The Heavy where Weiss explains what it was like to see her healthy, happy, fruit-and-vegetable-loving daughter start to put on weight at an alarming rate. And, we have 10 copies of the book to give away! Enter to win The Heavy here by 11:59 p.m. on January 30, 2013.

THE HEAVY: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet – A Memoir by Dara-Lynn Weiss by Random House Publishing Group


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The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet
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