In the past three seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey
, Caroline Manzo has struggled to help her daughter Lauren deal with her weight. Caroline's harsh words to her daughter, including out-right telling her she's overweight, has often drawn criticism from fans. Now Caroline is defending herself on her Bravo blog
"Let's talk about Lauren. My beautiful, beautiful, beautiful baby girl," Caroline wrote. "Lauren was beginning to fall into a state of depression about her weight and her self-image as a whole. I cannot tell you how many times Al and I would have conversations with her telling her how beautiful she was, how smart and funny she was. It all fell on deaf ears."
Caroline, who lost quite a bit of weight of her own after season one, was seen in the last episode visiting a nutritionist with Lauren to develop a plan of nutritional shakes for Lauren to diet on.
"Although Lauren was overweight, we never said she needed to lose weight for vanity reasons. She needed to lose weight for health reasons, both mentally and physically," Caroline wrote.
While Caroline does defend her encouragement of Lauren to lose weight, she seemed less than supportive when her sons and husband joined in ganging up on Lauren and her boyfriend Vito about their weight in yesterday's episode (which seems especially ridiculous considering NO ONE in the family is exactly petite):
"As a parent the last thing you want to see is your child hurting," Caroline blogged. "Lauren needed to hear us say that she needed to gain control of her weight. Newsflash: there's no easy way of saying it. I can guarantee you this; you will be hard pressed to find a family, and I mean a family--mom, dad, brothers-- who are more supportive of each other. Our delivery is certainly unconventional, we joke, we jab, but we love each other to death. Lauren knows that." Gina PusateriContributing Writer(Image courtesy of Bravo)