Fat Babies

My daughter had her one year check up a few days ago, where I was happy to learn that she’s looking great and growing like a weed.  She’s in the 95th percentile for her height (again) and in the 75th for her weight.  We’re happy to hear she’s healthy.

While we were at the office, our doctor let us know about a change in the traditional ideas about what a one year old needs, and it was something I was both surprised and sad to hear.  According to our doctor, new recommendations have just been put in place that say that all children one year and over should be drinking low fat or skim milk now instead of whole.  Apparently the rates of childhood obesity are becoming so ridiculous that they recommend ALL children (excusing, of course, any who are underweight or have special dietary concerns) be drinking low fat or skim now.

In a way, it’s better for us.  We drink skim, so it means not having to buy a special milk for her.  She’s at a very healthy weight, nowhere near being over or under weight… especially when you take into account her height, so she probably doesn’t need the extra calories and fat in whole milk since we try to make sure she gets other dairy sources like whole milk yogurt and cheese as well.

Still, it bothers me.  Not for our family, but for our country.  Are we the only fat people in the world?  Of course not.  But really?  We’ve managed to get so bad that now they’re talking to breastfeeding mothers about obesity in their kids?  I’m sure some people will be offended or call this ridiculous or paranoid… but look around.  The next time you go to the store, really look at the sorts of things moms are putting in their carts.

When we went shopping the other day, I heard a boy (maybe 8 or 9) ask his mom to buy some chicken sausage.  It was significantly lower in fat than the other sausages, and even had some veggies mixed into it.  Who knows why the boy wanted it, but he did.  What did his mother say?  “Put that crap down and we’ll go get some real hot dogs.”

**shudder**  I later passed the same woman and her cart was full of high fat, high sugar foods… chips, cookies, cupcakes, candy, frozen prepared meals… and not one fresh fruit or vegetable.  Not even one frozen fruit or veggie.

I hear another mother at a birthday party recently tell her son that he couldn’t have milk.  He could, however, have soda or fruit punch.  I can’t even fathom the thinking there.

So once my daughter finishes the gallon of whole milk we have in the fridge, she’ll be switching to skim with the rest of us.  She won’t care.  She drinks water half the day anyway, and likes food a lot more than anything to drink.  I hope it’s a step toward keeping her out of the statistical percentage of overweight children who, according to the doctor, are nearly guaranteed to be obese adults if they’re still overweight by age six.

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6 Responses to “Fat Babies”
  1. wow,that is very sad!

    and yes, I sometimes look in others carts and cringe.

    I also cringe when we go to someone’s house and they offer my kids hotdogs and mac n chz for dinner. Not that we are perfect by any means with our food choices but I just hate that is considered a kids staple meal. 😦

    • Skinny Sushi says:

      I know exactly what you mean. We have some friends who have terrible eating habits and are forever offering fried foods, microwave nuggets, etc… No, we’re nowhere near perfect either, but I stand by my conviction that hot dogs are not food.

  2. I guess the pediatricians think the milk switch is one that people can make easily, but it won’t solve the obesity problem because, as you point out, it’s not a problem with milk so much as a problem with everything else.

    My 3 kids drink whole milk because we get one gallon of whole milk a week from a local farm. Drinking milk in its natural form hasn’t made them fat, but we eat a mostly whole foods, lots of vegetables and fruit diet. If we were eating junk food and processed food and convenience food, they’d probably be fat even if they were drinking skim milk.

  3. jhywill says:

    Sadly, the kids who need this the most are the kids whose parents aren’t necessarily making smart choices in the areas that have been shared by pediatricians since I was in diapers (and likely before) – fresh fruit as a snack rather than cookies, water instead of soda, etc. To Catherine’s point above, making the switch from whole to skim isn’t going to do much for these children absent other changes in diet and exercise, assuming that their parents decide to actually make the switch.

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