Vogue Magazine’s Irresponisble Story on a Child’s Weight Loss Diet (7 years old)
- When discovering that her daughter ate a high calorie lunch at school, the mother “reproachfully denies her dinner”.
- In the case of social settings, “I often derided her for not refusing an inappropriate snack”
- “I dressed down the Starbucks barista when he professed ignorance…” (of the caloric content of a kids hot chocolate).
- A large 3-year study on nearly 2,000 adolescents found that dieting is the most important predictor of new eating disorders (Patton et al 1999).
- Eating disorders are deadly.
It’s beyond ironic that a fashion magazine would publish a child’s weight loss story in the name of health, when in actuality, they describe how to increase the risk of getting an eating disorder—for which there is no doubt a direct cause of death. Vogue’s ‘war on obesity’ as described by a mother-in-the-trenches, has created a dieting causality for a child, whose photo and story is on public display. The concluding paragraph, the mother reports, “When I ask her if she likes how she looks now, if she’s proud of what she’s accomplished, she says yes.”
With the ancient practice of Chinese foot binding, women really believed that if they didn't raise daughters with tiny feet, they wouldn't marry into the right family and they would have less status. Many of those girls were in extreme pain from the binding process, and 10% of them died. Today, we have modern day version—pursuit of weight loss, no matter the age, no matter the futility, no matter the danger.