I do not know if you have heard of this article published in the April 2012 edition of Vogue magazine, but when I read the synopsis of the article, I had to go out and read the whole thing.
Author, and mother of a seven year old girl, Dara-Lynn Weiss, was worried about her daughter Bea’s weight after her doctor expressed concern that the girl was overweight. Weiss took her child to meet with Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a specialist in childhood obesity. One of Dolgoff’s methods for helping overweight children is to assign the term “ted light” or “green light” designations to foods to help the child know if the food should be eaten in limited quantities, like cake, or if it is okay to have more, like vegetables. Sounds good right?
Well, Dr. Dolgoff’s methods are good, but the mother in the article took matters into her own hands and only visited Dr. Dolgoff the one time.
Weiss, who admittedly has her own problems with a healthy relationship to food, was wildly inconsistent with helping her daughter lose weight, and used extreme methods to help her daughter lose 16 pounds. Here’s a short quote from the article.
“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,” Weiss wrote. “I stopped letting her enjoy Pizza Fridays when she admitted to adding a corn salad as a side dish one week.”