Start ’em when they’re young…and younger…and younger.

Sandy Szwarc’s post on Baby Weight Watchers infuriated me.

First we hear that kids are being purposefully malnourished in Florida schools, and now this?

An “alarming” crisis of large babies in Scotland was reported yesterday as evidence of a worsening obesity epidemic. Fat mothers were blamed for putting their babies’ health at risk by Tam Fry, honorary chairman of the Child Growth Foundation, who said: “There are a significant number of mothers who are not only obese but alarmingly so, and they are giving birth to alarmingly large babies. Scotland’s obesity problem has obviously caused the average weight of babies to zoom up.” [note: by 2.24 oz!]

Even articles in baby magazines are telling new parents, “especially mothers,” they need to “fat-proof” their babies to save them from the health dangers that go along with a “fat-filled future.” In Baby Expert, mothers were given an eight-point plan for watching their baby’s weight to stop their baby from becoming a fat toddler. “Your child’s first 12 months are the most critical in setting him on the right path to a healthy weight,” Fry was quoted as saying.

Do you know what happens when you “fat-proof” your baby? It’s been shown that malnourishment can cause stunting and permanently lower BMI (i.e., a shifting down of the weight setpoint)—why is this desirable, besides winning a ‘skinny’ child and giving into the Obesity EpiPanic? Does a parent really think that malnourishment can be in any way, shape, or form (pun intended) good for their children? Maybe if you want them to have stunted growth, deficient renal tubular function, retarded neuromotor development, and impaired learning capacity.

Fine, you say! Expose them to undernutrition (i.e., a diet) after they’re born. Perhaps if you want permanent height stunting and Irreversible damage to the CNS , in addition to your precious acquisition of a thin child.

Suck on that 29.78 million dollars worth of child abuse, Scotland.


6 comments on “Start ’em when they’re young…and younger…and younger.

  1. Rachel says:

    Hmm.. and larger babies couldn’t possibly be a sign of improved health… Sigh.

  2. mrsmillur says:

    Starving babies thin? Really?
    It’s come to this?
    I have no words.

  3. mrsmillur says:

    No wait. I DO have words.
    This is the stupidest thing I ever heard.

    Didn’t we all quit smoking during pregnancy because smoking caused low birthweight babies? After 25 years of public education on that, isn’t a 4oz increase in average weight a great big fucking victory?


  4. vesta44 says:

    Well, I’m glad they didn’t take my babies’ weights into consideration then (1st one: born in 1972, 8 lbs, 21″ long, 2nd one: born in 1975, 9 lbs 7 oz, 21″ long). They would have thought both of them were abnormally fat (hell, I was born in 1953 and I weighed 7 lbs 14 oz), my brother, born in 1956, was 7 lbs 13 oz). I really fail to see the point of putting kids on diets, unless these government asshats want a future population of stunted, less intelligent voters (which will lead the way to fiscal suicide: if you have a less intelligent population, you sure as hell aren’t going to be able to keep up with technical innovations, nor are you going to have a population that is able to do much meaningful work). Talk about dumbing down the world.

  5. Bri says:

    “Obesity EpiPanic”

    I *love* it. Sheer brilliance.

  6. anamericanaries says:

    I posted a study at my blog, where British researchers found that the weight of a child is 77% genetic. One of the researchers said we need to stop blaming parents for their fat kids, because they are born to be that way!

    Anyway, this is madness. My oldest niece was almost 12 pounds when she was born. She has always been chubby – not to mention intelligent and thoughtful. Yes, I am a proud aunt.

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