Stop the Childhood Obesity Madness!

Alright moms, I’m going to try not to get on an enormous soapbox here.  I’m just going to point out the MADNESS that is going on right now with our nation’s “Childhood Obesity” obsession, and we can discuss in the comments.

Child on ScaleAre there obese children? Sure. (mainly older children, after they learn bad habits)

Does obesity have health risks? Of course.

Do we need to talk to children about healthy choices, exercise, eating when they’re hungry and stopping when they’re not? By. All. Means.

But where do we stop? Weighing and measuring every school child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) in school, and issuing a report to the parents of the “obese” children?  By the way, the definition of obese has been tampered with, I believe, to make the levels lower, resulting in more “obese” children, which are not really obese.  More children that, of course,  the state has to “help”with their programs.  I’ve seen it with my own eyes, with my friends’ children.

Apparently, lead researcher Brian Moss, a sociologist at Wayne State University in Detroit would have us believe that 1/3 of 9-month-old babies… yes, you heard that right… BABIES… are obese.  Let me say that again.  Babies are obese.

Stephanie Pappas, of LiveScience.com (via Yahoo) writes:

The path toward obesity starts at a young age – even before babies transition to a solid diet, according to a new study.

Almost one-third of 9-month-olds are obese or overweight, as are 34 percent of 2-year-olds, according to the research, which looked at a nationally representative sample of children born in 2001. The study is one of the first to measure weight in the same group of very young children over time, said lead researcher Brian Moss, a sociologist at Wayne State University in Detroit. The results showed that starting out heavy puts kids on a trajectory to stay that way.

“If you were overweight at nine months old, it really kind of sets the stage for you to remain overweight at two years,” Moss told LiveScience.

Exactly what BMI scale are they applying to babies? If you have ever had a baby, you know that babies’ sizes ebb and flow.  They get fat, then they lengthen out.  They get that detachable-hand-and-foot look, with rolls at the most juicy parts.  I love that stage!  Then, their wonderful little bodies grow long again.  My girls have been growing like this for the last 10 years. They are incredibly fit, but they go through stages.

The thing that really steams me about this article is that they apparently don’t study these kids past the age of two. Have you looked at your two-year-old photos? Is your body the same shape now? Just ask my little brother, who was such a little butterball when he was a baby that you could barely see his joints. By the age of 5, he was a little string bean and still is today. Babies and toddlers are supposed to be chubby.

I would love to know who funded this study. I can think of several lobbying groups who would benefit from using this information to brainwash mothers everywhere.

My prediction? Our nation of Obese Children will soon become our nation of neurotic control freaks with eating disorders.  What say you?

PS.  Sorry for the snark, you know that isn’t like me, but I am truly fed up with this nonsense.  Because kids do not all fit into a prescribed mold (a very small one, apparently), we should be educating kids about healthy habits, not weighing, scrutinizing, and bullying them into looking like we think they should. OK, so I did get on my soapbox.  Coundn’t help it…
Hat tip to @bkeepsushonest and @Getalonghome for sharing the article on Twitter

lead researcher Brian Moss, a sociologist at Wayne State University in Detroit.