Babies on Diets?

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Babies on Diets?
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Fri, 12-03-2010 - 8:44pm

Check out this article: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/fat-babies-parents-put-fat-babies-diet/story?id=12216642&page=1

Honestly I'm not against restricting junk food in babies and kids, or in having lots of fruits and veggies in their diet--that just seems like healthy eating to me!

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 8:54pm

I haven't read the article, but putting a baby or young child on a diet is insane. I agree that it's great to teach them healthy eating habits, but to be focused on weight is just scary. I want to puke (or punch someone) when I hear someone saying a baby/child is "fat" :S





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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 9:31am

OMG. I've read the article. That is just SICK. There's just no such thing as a "fat" baby! How could you want to put a one-month old on a diet???

I agree that healthy eating habits are something that I want to teach my children, but it's not done by putting them on a diet. It's much more listening to your baby's needs, and not forcing food into them when they indicate they're done. Obviously go easy on the sweets and stuff. But that article really shocked me.

It is so sad that this is the way the world is these days. It's just wrong. you can sometimes even see it in pregnant women who are proud not to have gained any weight during their pregnancy - don't they see they're harming their baby?

Gah. But this example of the dad who is proud that his daughter is "thin" - at 5 or 6 months old... that just says it all.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 10:11am

Seriously insane.




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Registered: 04-22-2006
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 10:28am
"...you can sometimes even see it in pregnant women who are proud not to have gained any weight during their pregnancy..."

Ugh - that kind of attitude totally makes me sick too. You're not getting FAT, you're PREGNANT!!! Grrr...




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Registered: 11-01-2005
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 11:09am

What I really want to say would probably violate TOS...lol

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Registered: 03-08-2008
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 12:02pm

I think that putting babies on diets is ridiculous.






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Registered: 11-27-2007
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 2:02pm

I agree. I don't think kids under a certain age (maybe middle school age?) should be put on a diet. They should be taught how to eat the right kinds of foods by their parents. I prided myself on the fact that neither of the twins had eaten cake before their first birthday party (it was funny to watch because they just stared at their mini-cakes like "what am I supposed to do with this?"). They didn't recognize what candy looked like until this last Halloween (26 months old) or even how to say the word candy or know what it meant. I can count on one hand the amount of times they've eaten a meal at a fast food place. That being said, my son loves milk and he was kind of a chunker cause he drinks a lot of it. We switched him ourselves to 1% instead of whole and it's made a huge difference. The pediatrician even recommended skim, but felt he needed a little of the fat in the 1%, plus we all drink 1% now so we don't have to have two different kinds of milk in the house anymore.

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Registered: 01-17-2007
Mon, 12-06-2010 - 2:47pm

Ugh! I HATE this morbid fascination we (as a culture) have with our children's weight. The goal should merely be to provide your child with a variety of nutritious food and encourage fun physical activity and the scale will settle where it should for that particular child. Diets are never, ever the answer for children. Healthy habits are the answer, but parents need to model these habits for their children in order for the children to pick them up and that's where we fail. In any case, putting a baby on a diet is moronic. They need a large amount of fat for brain development. Infancy is not the time to be worrying about weight.

It's no fun to be in the other camp, either. Ry has always been very small for his age and I can't tell you the amount of pressure I have gotten over the past 2 years to put weight on him. I hated all the pressure to switch him to formula when he was EBF. Why on earth would I do that when breastmilk contains all the necessary nutrients for human development? Sure, he might put on a couple more pounds of fat, but would it help his general development to switch him? NO! His food intake has always been right on par with what it should be for his age. He's just small. Now, he's finally chunking up, but the doctors are now worried because he's really short. I repeatedly assure them that he eats a more varied and balanced diet than most kids his age. He's just short!

Ridiculous all around! Just ridiculous!

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Mon, 12-06-2010 - 2:55pm

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