House CallOct/Nov 2013 Issue

Bad Mood

Bad Mood

Eleven-year-old Gabriela was built differently from her mother. She was perhaps five to ten pounds overweight but next to her mother who was reed-thin, the extra ounces appeared disproportionally excessive. Devin, her nine-year-old brother, was wiry and thin like his mother. He was dragged along ostensibly to discuss how the whole family could eat better and his relaxed demeanor suggested he knew the session was not about him. I suspected the unspoken reason for the visit was Gabriela’s weight.

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