Evidence-based guidance. Personal stories that matter. Sign up now to get NYT Parenting in your inbox every week. I referenced a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics that called on pediatricians, in particular, to be careful about using harsh, stigmatizing or judgmental language with our patients around this sensitive issue.
My Experience With Childhood Obesity: What It Was Like To Be the Fat Kid - Whole Kitchen Sink
If I take off my coat I feel people judging my waist. I dread it when my mother buys me clothes and I have to fake a smile to not upset her, all the while knowing the clothes will be bigger than hers. It takes up everything: my whole life revolves around how I look to other people. My friends are all very different from me — they never seem to have anything wrong with them. They are very skinny, happy and cheerful. It goes round and round reminding me of all my failures, preying on my insecurities.
Growing up overweight changes the entire experience of growing up. Whether it's the way other people look at you, or the way you look at yourself, being an overweight child is vastly different from being an average weight child. Here are 5 things that people who struggled with their weight growing up know to be true. Growing up fat means that adults will almost always describe you as chubby, or pudgy, or husky, or any combination of the three long before they ever mention you being tall, or short, or intelligent, or blonde, brunette, or redheaded.
And new research suggests that newborn feeding practices may have more to do with toddler obesity than experts previously thought. Gibbs co-authored a recent study in the journal "Pediatric Obesity" that found clinical obesity at 24 months was strongly correlated to formula feeding in infancy. Babies put to bed with a bottle were 30 percent more likely to be obese at age 2.