‘Vogue’ Essay About a 7-Year-Old’s Diet Sparks Controversy

'The worst 'Vogue' article ever'

Writing about your own weight struggle is not unusual, but writing about your 7-year-old daughter’s diet is a bit different. In the April issue of Vogue, author Dara-Lynn Weiss wrote a first-person essay stemming from a conversation with her daughter’s pediatrician. The physician suggested that her daughter, Bea, should be put on a diet because at her weight (93 pounds, 4 feet 4 inches) she was obese and therefore at risk for many health issues. However, it wasn't the author’s decision to help her daughter lose a few pounds but how she went about it that sparked online debate.

Jezebel called the piece “the worst Vogue article ever” and cited the author’s fit over a hot chocolate and withholding of dinner as major issues. “I once reproachfully deprived Bea of her dinner after learning that her observation of French Heritage Day at school involved nearly 800 calories of Brie, filet mignon, baguette and chocolate," the article reads. Later, the author wrote, "I dressed down a Starbucks barista when he professed ignorance of the nutrition content of the kids' hot chocolate whose calories are listed as 120-210 on the menu board. Well, which is it? When he couldn't provide an answer, I dramatically grabbed the drink out of my daughter's hands, poured it into the garbage and stormed out.”

NYMag.com published another mom’s view of the article that wondered, was Weiss “a mom so wrapped up in her own social standing that she was willing to put her daughter's well-being at stake?”

Fashionista, while sympathetic to Weiss’ “complicated” predicament, said that making such an issue of her daughter’s weight "seems wrong.”

Finally, Babble.com blogger Meredith Carroll, wrote: “Poor, poor, Bea. What else is there to say? (That would be nothing, by the way. For Bea’s sake, let’s hope her mother has nothing more to say on the topic—at least publicly.)”