“The research suggests that the “tipping point” in obesity often occurs before two years of age, and sometimes as early as three months, when the child is learning how much and what to eat.” (from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100211121832.htm)
now read that again….THREE MONTHS old…they want us to watch our THREE month olds…not years but MONTHS…..lots of babies i know are trying desperately to gain ENOUGH weight at that age……and kids grow…they get all fat, then they inch out…but every time their bmi spikes we need to rush to the doctor to get them on diet formula (it has NOTHING to do with formula in the first place now does it?)
The researchers examined records from a pediatric practice of 111 children whose body mass index (BMI) exceeded 85 percent of the general population. Researchers determined that these children had started gaining weight in infancy at an average rate of .08 excess BMI units per month. On average, this progression began when the children were three months old. Over half the children became overweight at or before age 2 and 90 percent before reaching their 5th birthday.
Oh but this has NOTHING to do with the idea that it may be genetic…..it HAS to be we, the parents…are “doing it wrong” like we somehow want to saddle our kids with the dreaded “childhood obesity epidemic” I mean at age 3 months we MUST be shoving twinkies and High Fructose Corn Syrup into their bottles (oh, wait if you are using formula you may already be doing just that). And what is the big campaign against childhood obesity going to do for those UNDER 2? they aren’t getting school lunches….the education they are going to drill in the kids heads to hate fatties will be AFTER the kids are already past the “obesity tipping point” . So all that education is going to do is create a whole generation of fat people that hate themselves more than they already do today I mean in MY generation you didn’t hate your body till 13-16….Now my 6-year-old is afraid of being fat. And how do the doctors think we are going to fix this?
“Getting parents and children to change habits that have already taken hold is a monumental challenge fraught with road¬blocks and disappointments. This study indicates that we may need to discuss inappropriate weight gain early in infancy to affect meaningful changes in the current trend of obesity.”
/headesk. So now any kid that grows fast will get labeled with ” inappropriate weight gain early in infancy”……i guess tall kids are just gonna get malnourshied…I mean we can’t let babies have a bmi over 17. That means we are giving them diabetes and colon cancer (sarcasm!) ….I wonder….how much money is there to be made (and how cheap is artificial sweeteners to make anyway?) selling the world KIDS diet food? i wonder……