Jill and her father Kirk

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Kirk has no idea how deeply his words are hurting his daughter. "I've wanted my dad to accept me my whole life," says Jill. "He treats me differently than he treats every other person in my family. My whole life he's told me that I'm not pretty and that I'm overweight and that I need to lose weight, and he's just never been nice to me. I feel so much hatred towards my father because of the way he treats me."

This is the first time that Jill has ever shared these feelings with her family. Kirk is taken aback by Jill's revelation. "That's hard to hear," he says, "because I love my daughter deeply. I'm ashamed of her weight, but I love my daughter dearly."
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Published on May 18, 2005

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