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02 February 2013

The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet -- A Memoir

Weiss, Dara-Lynn. The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet -- A Memoir. Ballantine Books, 2013.

The Heavy is Weiss's retelling of her journey in helping her obese daughter lose weight and change her eating habits. Weiss's family did not have a habit of eating lots of food or eating junk food or sitting around lazily all day. It was a real struggle to adjust her seven-year old's eating so that she could lose weight. Throughout, Weiss encounters unhelpful and judgmental parents, hard to navigate menu options, a school lunch program not designed to help kids lose weight, and a host of doctors who help with varying levels of success.

This was an interesting book and a quick read. I enjoyed learning about Weiss's journey with her daughter, and I appreciated Weiss's approach both to the weight-loss program and also the story she has told of her struggle in finding the balance between giving her daughter what she wants and helping her do what she needs.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program for the purposes of review.

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