As you can see by looking at my sidebar, my children are really, really FAT. Especially Patrick. At 6ft 2, he weighs a whopping 160 pounds! The other high schoolers have to sit on the other side of the bus when he gets on, I'm telling ya. New shocks every week.
But seriously? He used to have big, lolloping fat rolls on his legs and wear Onesies to avoid that Pooh-bear look tummy-wise. At the age of 2 months, he was over 17 pounds. Round, I tell you. But see, that was normal for him. He ate allll the time. No way I would ever listen to a doctor if he wanted to put Patrick on a diet.
A diet? For an infant? I know. It's nuts, I tell you! And yet it seems to be the new trend some doctors are pushing to "prevent" obesity. I didn't think it was even possible for an infant to BE obese or have eating disorders like anorexia or bullemia. I mean, come on. If your kid is a little stick, he isn't getting enough food or he has a medical problem. If he is as big as a house, he's probably meant to be big or just mayyybe he has a really odd medical problem. Mayyybe.
But barring said really odd medical problem, you just can't overfeed an infant. I'm sorry. Maybe I'm old school on this. But no way. Overfeeding is only possible after puberty.
I think that we are so blessed in this country that we have to make up problems like "childhood obesity" to worry about instead of polio, starvation, or as is currently the case in much of the world, war. You watch, soon there will also be a government grant so poor people like me who can't afford/don't even know what to do with Ipads, Ipods, nanotechnology and silicone implants can get new ones at taxpayer expense.
PS. I also would like one of those blackberry blue tooth things that listens to my thoughts and scans entire books and can go "beep" after scanning odd codes on ketchup bottles and coded signs around town. I am feeling left out and it is hurting my self-esteem and thus must be bad for national health and the economy. Thanks.