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Last spring one another -- -- a firestorm when she wrote about putting her then seven year old daughter on a strict calorie counting diet the article created controversy in the mom face.
Fierce backlash but now in -- new memoir called the heavy.
A mother a daughter died Tara Lynn -- defends her decision and she joins me now good morning -- thank you have to take us back to this vogue article I know if you can do it over again you wouldn't have done and go maybe enough.
Parenting kind of a magazine would you say well.
I don't know that I wouldn't do it in -- but I take.
I understand now that that the context was important -- the putting in fashion magazine perhaps painted the story in in a way that invited more of a backlash than parenting.
Magazine might have it was just the story of -- -- real -- story of going through helping a child who is suffering from obesity that is not a perfect person who's not an expert who's not a nutritionist but.
Just a real mom who face these difficulties and was surprised by by the challenges we encountered -- want to get that story out there to your daughter seven years old.
Was technically obese and -- 93 pounds and she should have weighed somewhere in the fifties.
An and and so you put her on a diet what did you do.
Well the initial.
The decision to take action was prompted by her.
Pediatrician -- check up at age sixty minutes.
In a dangerous place and we were asked to take action we tried all the things that you're told to do with a child.
They didn't work she gained 23 pounds that year even when I was trying to control -- portions and help her make better choices.
So we sought help from a professionally went to me at pediatric nutritionist who was a childhood obesity specialist.
And she gave us a plan and stuck to that plan we -- it very.
Strictly and and that's ultimately what got you healthy.
So here was one of the quotes from that original magazine article that you wrote -- I once reproach -- deprived.
Be your daughter.
Over dinner after learning that her observations.
A French heritage day at school involved nearly 800 calories I even stopped letting her enjoy pizza Friday's when she admitted to adding points out as a side dish one week.
I guess that that's one of the -- that that brought you some fierce.
Wouldn't think that people we haven't obesity problem in this country especially children and it leads to diabetes and many other health elements -- why.
Were people so hateful towards.
I think it's it's painful to think that you.
Would tell a -- that he or she can't eat what they want I mean that's part of the joy of child that is part of the joy of my life is eating -- food and especially for her.
My daughter icu -- enjoy she gets -- and -- she loves.
And it's you don't want to think that to help an obese child -- you have to tell you know a lot of the time.
That if they make a misstep you have to compensate for if you really want to stay on track and those are hard.
Decisions but that's what being the heavy which is what being a parent is really about and that's the name of your new book now that you have come out with not heavy.
We should mention that you keep your daughter in pictures out of this book now.
How does she feel about weight issues that mean.
I think some of the concerns were that may be talking so much about this -- -- would create issues like eating disorders how does she feel now about.
Her self confidence yourself image who -- yes but she's doing great ending her her weight is still and a healthy range which is terrific and she is -- very happy and very confident.
Girl it is something that we still grapple with every day I would never confirmed moments -- -- -- care of it it's absolutely a problem everyday that we are attentive to.
And my hope is that by being.
Attentive to it and talking about it all the time in making it an issue not a shameful issue and had a -- controversial issue but a loving supportive family issue.
That that will be actually beneficial for her a lifestyle choice that -- -- -- the author of the -- thanks much thanks for having me.
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