The Current | Feb 4, 2013 | 27:30

The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet

When she put her 7-year old on a diet, the child's weight had spiked almost 30 pounds in a year and her appetite was seemingly insatiable. Armed with a specialist-approved eating plan, Dara-Lynn Weiss became an enforcer - in her words, The Heavy. The mother was very vocal about it, socially, publicly ... even writing in that tribute-to-thin-dom Vogue Magazine .where she was excoriated. But her story exposes just how confused and conflicted a parent can be in trying to change the habits of a child diagnosed Obese. We hear from the author of The Heavy, Dara-Lynn Weiss and then from others on everything from eating healthy ... to "fat shame" ... to the merits of publicizing it all.

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