“Everyone reacts differently to different foods. I can't digest grapefruit and a wheat/oat intolerance has necessitated giving up whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, and cold cereals (talk about skywriting). Sounds like kale is the author's shredded wheat...”
“Did anyone actually read the original article in Vogue? I did (on the treadmill, no less). The mother's pediatrician told her Bea was "clinically obese." Not "chubby," or "overweight" but "clinically obese."
Also, they live in NYC, so you can't exactly run outside when you feel like it. Besides restricting her food intake, Bea was enrolled in karate(great for a young girl's self-esteem!) and I believe attained a yellow belt. The author said the same people who attacked her for her methods, were the same people who heaped praise on her for a "job well done" once Bea slimmed down.
I'm not a parent, but it seems like you can't win. If Bea had continued to gain weight, people would have snickered about the mother letting her kid be "fat." If you see a "pudgy" kid chowing down on a cheeseburger and fries, don't tell me you've never passed judgment on that parent for the kid's eating habits. How many kids do any of us know who sail past the bakery window without a second glance and ask for an apple instead?
Maybe she shouldn't have said "diet" since that IS a four-letter word and she and her husband should have set a better example at home. Did she cause Bea psychological damage? What about the playground bullies and "well-meaning" adults who have no qualms about calling a little kid fat to their face? (a classmate of Bea's did this). You can't win!”