Babies Don't Need Diets, Your Weird Ideas Do
I saw this headline and could only shake my head in disgust. A Wisconsin couple was recently charged with one count of child neglect for starving their baby. What was their reasoning (if a reason even exists) for starving their child? They were trying to keep her from becoming obese.
*straight face.. crickets chirping
Their poor little baby girl was born weighing a little over eight pounds; which to her parents, was a little larger than they would've liked. The baby's father had apparently had a blocked artery at the young age of 25 and didn't want his daughter to fall victim to the same fate.
The ignorance displayed here is beyond me. There is no scientific proof that fat babies yield fat adults. I'm a perfect example: born weighing in at almost nine pounds, I'm currently a lean mean 145 lbs., and at 5'8" that's awesome - after having twins no less.
I happen to enjoy a nice juicy baby. There's more to love on. My twins, who are almost one, are right on target as far as weight gain. Minimal juice and regular mealtimes with the whole family are sensible ways to avoid unnecessary weight gain in a baby. Baby crash diets are a no-no, and definitely not something that's recommended by doctors.
As of now, the geniuses who starved their baby cannot have contact with the infant and are facing a year and a half in prison and $25,000 in fines. A fan of an eye-for-an-eye punishment myself, a diet of bread and water only would be fitting for these two dimwits.