Thursday, January 28, 2010

We Have Hit Rock Bottom

I read a story in the news today that shocked and scared me.  A couple has been charged with starving their baby because they were worried she was getting too fat - they would put laxatives in her bottle to keep her from gaining weight.  It all came to light when she was hospitalized for not gaining enough weight and the doctors commented that she did fine in their care.  Are you ready for the real shocker - the baby was less than TWO MONTHS OLD!  What has our society come to that someone would even consider starving a baby for being too fat???  She weighed just over 13 pounds and her mother thought she had a fat baby.  Babies are supposed to gain weight - they are supposed to be chunky with adorable little fat rolls and chubby cheeks.  It's the one time in your life when chubby thighs are considered cute!  My youngest was in the 90th percentile for the first few months of her life and my pediatrician always commented that he wished all his patients were as healthy as my little girl.  We are so blessed to have children who have access to the best nutrition in the world, and to have parents who have access to the information and wisdom of so many about what a baby needs - why would anyone be so deluded to think that a baby needs to lose weight?  I can seriously think of nothing sadder than this - what have we become?


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