The Heavy

The Heavy

A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet--a Memoir

eBook - 2013
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"As lightning-rod writer Dara Weiss explains in The Heavy, the "mommy wars" were never more clear than over the issue of her 7-year-old daughter's weight. Some moms looked down on her for "letting" Bea get clinically obese. But that's nothing compared with the scorn others offered when Dara put Bea on a strict calorie-counting diet. Some said she was clearly seeding body image issues; many others suggested the pat, "healthier" food route. The Heavy shares Weiss's harrowing and haunting family journey through Bea's considerable weight loss (Bea is no longer considered overweight), while the scrutiny and commentary swirled around them"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345541352
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 240 pages)


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Aug 30, 2013

File this one under "too much information" provided by an over-anxious mother who happened to have publishing industry connections. I can't think how or why it would have got published otherwise, as it is badly written and rife with inconsistencies. For example, she describes mealtimes in her family of origin as adequately nutritious family affairs, then a short read later reports that there was too much unhealthy food kept in the house and her parents were frequently absent at mealtimes. Huh? Bear in mind also that the daughter in question is all of - wait for it - eight years old (!) by the end of the book. Poor child, having to grow up with this record of her mother's anxiety dogging her. All in all, don't expect much depth or even content.


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