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Catherine Holecko

Stop that!

By March 30, 2012

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Maybe you've heard, this week, about a controversial article that appears in this month's Vogue magazine. Dara-Lynn Weiss, the mother of a daughter who had been diagnosed as overweight described putting her 7-year-old on a pretty restrictive diet and snatching food away from her at restaurants and parties. At issue is not that her daughter needed help, but how her mother provided it. (Here's a summary of the uproar.)

It's too late now, but I wish Ms. Weiss had seen my list of 10 things to stop doing if your child is overweight. It includes "stop fighting about food" and "stop shining a spotlight on the overweight child." It seems that neither of these messages got through to Ms. Weiss. She focused her yearlong quest on limiting her daughter's diet and shaming her in public--instead of improving her health.

The About.com Health guides worked together this month to create "10 things to stop doing" lists on a wide variety of topics. Visit that link to see more, or check About Social Anxiety Disorder next week for complete coverage.

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