Your Kid is Fat… that’s what they saidMarina Y Sanchez Freelance Columnist
There is a new study showing that obesity is starting early. It’s findings are based on a study that a third of US babies are too fat. I quote “In a long-term study of more than 7,500 infants across the country, nearly 32 percent of babies were deemed overweight or even obese at 9 months. By the time the children were 2 years old, that number had nudged up to more than 34 percent.”
Experts say the best way to treat chubby babies is to monitor their diets for quality and quantity — particularly portion size.
What a bunch of manure! So now we can’t have chubby babies? It’s a baby! At nine months, a baby can’t even walk!
I have three kids. My kids were chubby as babies. I would worry if they were eating too much to cause them to become fat. However, after a time, they would start to become mobile. Once they were moving around, the weight starting disappearing. After the first baby, I was no longer worried.
I understand America’s concern with diet and obesity. We are called the fattest nation. Yet, with out infants and babies, I would think the last thing you would want to withhold from them is food. They are growing basically at the speed of light.
And it’s not like babies are eating because they love the way food tastes, or because they are depressed and only know how to eat to comfort themselves. As babies, eating is all instinct. They need to do it. From the time they are born, they are constantly growing where even a lift of a head to raising their bodies with their arms in an exercise. Stimulation is basically an exercise. Once a child starts being mobile their metabolism will strengthen. If you’re a mom, you know how that goes. They will be eating you out of house and home!
How on earth can these babies be obese?
I do have a problem with parents that are stuffing McDonald’s down there kids throats morning, noon, and night. My kids love McDonald’s. However McDonald’s is more of a treat not dinner. If your child’s first foods are french fries and nuggets, well no wonder!
I have seen parents put soda in their child’s bottle. It makes you want to throw a chair and smash a glass window! However, I would think this percentage would be small.
Which also prompts the question, aren’t parents regularly taking their kids to their pediatrician? Pediatricians monitor the growth and health of the baby. They can’t say one visit healthy and the next not! I know some are fishy doctors but for the most part they are not.
From the beginning, I trusted my kids to tell me when they were full and when they wanted more. I can’t say that I ration their portion size. I serve them once and if they want more they ask. However, this isn’t always the case. There are times where they won’t even finish their first serving. I have learned babies will eat until they are satisfied.
Whether you go organic or not is a personal choice. That is not the issue here. A baby will not be obese unless you are feeding him fatty sugary foods.
This was a stupid study that brought light on nothing only that there are some crappy parents out there. For the most part, there are diligent caring parents out there who want whats best for their children.
Pretty soon there will be a study of how depressed babies are because they spend all their time eating, sleeping and filling diapers. I expect to see an invention of baby treadmills and aerobics pretty soon.