Stop Telling Toddlers They're Fat

toddlers weightUgh! Do you ever hear stories that just make you want to smack a pediatrician? I've heard not one, but two stories of some bad nursing and doctoring of small children on both coasts of the U.S. in the past few weeks that really, really makes me want to shake someone. Namely, the nurse and the doctor that told friends of mine their little girls could stand to lose weight. We're talking 3- and 5-year-olds here, people. We're talking two little girls who I would NEVER think of as being overweight. Two little girls who are of the shorter variety, which makes them not have the long and lean body type, but just a normal one.

I mean, really, has the panic over child obesity gotten so crazy that anyone who isn't skinny gets called on the carpet?


What is especially galling about these two incidents is they are little girls. Girls who overheard an authority figure talking about their weight. Who knows how early we internalize those twisted body image ideas, but I can tell you that if someone called my daughter "fat" -- especially in front of her -- they'd be nursing a black eye.

I get that there is a problem with children eating bad food and being sedentary. But when people are talking about babies going on diets, it's gone too far. I distinctly remember a friend of mine from grade school who rocked a little extra chub. As soon as she hit her growth spurt, she was tall and thin. I know another baby who was just a big round ball. Now at age 5, he's also tall and lean. Kids grow. And if they have some pudge, it does not necessarily mean they are unhealthy. Especially when you, as a parent, know they're eating the right foods and aren't sitting around watching Nick Jr. all day.

Honestly, people. Back off the babies and toddlers with a little extra meat on their bones. Unless you see a 100-pound toddler, you need to leave these kids alone.

Has anyone ever told you your toddler was fat?


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