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we have all heard of and seen signs of the obesity "epidemic". there has been plenty of thought to the causes of it. things like overeating, junk food, fast food, sugar intake etc. some of us buy this, some of us don't. but i have to wonder about the cause in this particular case.
one of my relatives has a child, and as a lot of parents do they post lots of pictures of their offspring. well the other night a picture was posted of their child that about made me want to throw up (now i won't post a copy since the parents would likely kill me for "insulting" their kid). this child is grossly OBESE. they had a picture of their child without a shirt on, limbs are covered with rolls of fat, and the belly proportionally is larger than "Buddha's". seems to rather fit the term "obese" to me.
now here is the thing, they are young but they do try to be good parents and love, not neglect their child. but why is this child so "large"? could it happen to be genetics? the father is a large man, i mean huge, not just on the "overweight" side of things, but tall as well, his "hands" are about twice the size of my hands. the mother is rather skinny but i know her mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother etc all ran towards being "overweight". but nothing compared to how this child looks.
with both parents working or going to school they like many others serve her mainly "processed foods", yet the food is also supposed to be "healthy". they generally heat the food up in a microwave, as quite a few "busy" people do. they do i believe feed the kid some natural organic food but not all that much. is the processed food, or microwaving the food the issue?
now the child does not get things like junk food, restaurant food, sugary snacks, pop and the like so obviously that is not the issue. nor is the child on any medication, so that rules out that possibility.
so why is this child so obese?
with both parents working or going to school they like many others serve her mainly "processed foods", yet the food is also supposed to be "healthy".
reply to post by generik
How old is the child? A rolly polly toddler was once consider the healthy child and was the average.
I have seen many chubby little ones grow up to be thin.
My son went through a "buddah" stage at about 6 months almost immediately after he stopped breastfeeding and go on regular formula. Turned out he had an allergy to something that was in the formula. This was 24 years ago and I was not as vigilant as I am these days about what is in things plus a new parent who stupidly trusted the pediatricians's advice but got much smarter immediately thereafter. We switched to a rice-based one and he got back to normal pretty fast.