Parents with overweight babies…laxatives? or SNL baby spanx?
How about neither! There is nothing wrong with a chubby baby! Now I am not saying it is time to fatten up your lil’ squirt, but a little pudge can’t hurt! So why is it that some parents are putting their 6 month olds on baby diets? It seems to be the talk of mommy town since last weekends SNL aired, even Good Morning America did a segment on Parents putting Fat Babies on Diets. Even Time.com covers the story in Helathland:
“In an especially egregious case earlier this year, a couple in Washington State was found guilty of starving their baby by putting laxatives in her bottle to keep her from gaining weight.” -healthland.time.com
While the video is hilarious, the topic is not. Some parents are insecure about their baby’s weight and in many cases, it is more about the insecurity of one or both parents and their own body image issues. Ultimately, society as a whole needs to adopt a healthier outlook on body image, and the media portrayal of beauty and health needs to be redefined. Healthy habits start at a young age, but it is up to us, as parents, to define what “healthy” means, and to set examples on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle. While it is one thing to give your baby nutritious foods by monitoring intake, it is another to deprive them of foods entirely. As with all things in life, healthy living is about moderation. Parents can also take steps to healthier living by meeting the nutritional needs of baby and, when possible, breastfeeding is a great way to start baby’s eating habits off right. As mentioned on healthland.time.com, “some data suggest that breast-fed babies have a lower risk of later obesity than formula-fed infants.”
There are also many resources and baby foods on the market that encourage happy, healthy eating habits. Check out a couple that have been featured here on HHM:
image credit | Baby Spanx original SNL