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You are here : home > Food and Nutrition > Obesity in Children > The Fat Child

The Fat Child


Chubby babies are cute and cuddly. People cannot resist babies with fat cheeks and dimpled knees. People assume that a thin child is weak, sickly and unhealthy. However, there may come a time when the extra fat loses its charm. And chubby babies become fat children. 

Not every chubby baby grows into a chubby adult. For the most part, children begin to lose their 'baby fat' as they move towards adolescence. Other babies just never seem to outgrow their chubbiness. But the reason why some babies tend towards obesity as they grow up is not easily explainable. 

Heredity plays a key role in determining the general frame of a child's body. That is why tall parents generally have tall children. Thus, if the family is generally stocky and big-framed, there is a chance that the child will be overweight. The same principles apply to obese adults and children. Placid children who prefer to loll around daydreaming are more likely to be overweight than their more active counterparts. Lack of exercise means the child fails to burn off extra fat. In addition, there are some children who just love to eat. They are born with a love for food. They have impressive appetites that seem unaffected by sickness or nervousness. They are usually more than pleasantly plump by the time they are two to three months old. They seem inexorably drawn towards rich and fattening foods like chocolates, pastries, fried foods and aerated drinks.

Like adults, children can also fall into a bad habit of deriving comfort from food. Shy, unhappy or lonely children who find it difficult to break the ice with other children often seek solace in food. The more they eat, the fatter they become. This, in turn, lowers their chances of being accepted by other children. Children can be awfully cruel and a fat child is often the butt of jokes. In addition, fat children may not find it easy to participate in the games that other children play which isolates them even more. The more awkward these children are about taking part in games and other activities, the more they foster the development of fat in their bodies. 

Obesity should be nipped in the bud before the situation spins out of control. If you feel that your child is a little glutton with a taste for all the 'wrong' foods, and if she is inordinately fat before she is a year old, cut down on the starch and fat in her diet. Try to satisfy her appetite with more proteins, fruits and vegetables.

However, there is no need for parents to go overboard worrying over baby fat. They will transmit this paranoia to the child who will feel that she is unattractive and that the only way to win people's approval is by being thin. This is exactly what every parent should avoid. The last thing you want is to sow the seeds of an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia in the mind of your child. The child should never be made to feel that her self-esteem is linked to her physical appearance. Remember that most children lose that 'puppy fat' with the arrival of puberty.

Most parents do not have the heart to put their child on a diet even if that is what the doctor prescribes. These parents feel that dietary restrictions are not associated with young children. Adults themselves find it difficult to stick to a diet, so they cannot expect a child to exercise that kind of will power.

If you fear that your child is heading towards obesity, consult a doctor. He will in all probability advise a diet. Try to incorporate this diet into the meals for the rest of the family without much fuss. The child will feel a sense of solidarity if the whole family follows the same diet. Sometimes children are more amenable to listening to advice from doctors. Thus, it may help if the doctor had a chat to explain the diet and the reasoning behind it. Minimal counselling may provide psychiatric assistance to your little one.


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Varsha.5 years ago
My son is fat too. I believe it has something to do with my heredity. I am finding it hard at sometimes because is bullied by my neighboring kids. I am making him walk for the past one month.
 
 
 
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beccaa =).8 years ago
hello,im becca and im 10, i weigh 22 stone and im 120cm tall, i am really obese and i love being fat beacause i can play with my 17 fat rolls, im already a ladies size 14 and a wear C cup bras, i love it when my fat belly jiggles up and down as i walk, i cant run but i can walk and i find it very had to sit up, but the hardest thing is the stairs, i cant get up them to save my life, you may think i want to loose weight but i want to gain weight because fat people are the best people, if you are as fat as me i automaticly love you, at my school im bullied but i dont care because i love being realllyy fat because you havent got all that pressure to stay skinny and all that stupid stuff
 
 
 
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louise.8 years ago
hello my names lousise and im very skinny for my age, im 170cm tall and 4 stone, i hate being called skinny and i need to gain weight but every time i try i just grow up, im a gymnast at a regional level so i do a lot of training, do you think thats why? fat peoplle, please give me advice on how to GAIN weight, thanks
 
 
 
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Hannah.8 years ago
I want the truth do you think I'm obese?
 
 
 
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Hannah.8 years ago
Ok I'm really fat and I need to loose weight desperatly, I'm 11 years old, 30kg and 5'0ft tall, HELP ME LOOSE WEIGHT PLEASE!
 
 
 
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rosie n ellie.8 years ago
we r a lil bit chubby we dont liek it wen ppl call us fat we get offended pls give us sum tips 2 save us its not fair! i hate bullys i cant help it if i like mcdonalds!
 
 
 
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sher.8 years ago
my baby weighs11,1b at birth now at 6weeks he weighs16,1b and the doctor says he is overweight i dont think so doyou?
 
 
 
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cate.8 years ago
ok..... i dun get the whole fat thing... i mean yea it's ur body but u dun have any body to blame but urself of course not when ur a child but older. if u think ur over weight take action !!! dun just mope around and eatting macdonalds set up a plan excerise moreand if u must go to macdonalds choose from the lighter choice menu good luck
 
 
 
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Kisses.8 years ago
the people bad mouthing these kids are sooo wrong. they are the ones who need to get a life. they obviously have too much time on their hand and feel like ruining someone elses day!

i was an over weight child and i am now an overweight adult. i am doing something about it, but it is not easy when you have mindless immature tossers putting you down.

good luck!
 
 
 
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alex.8 years ago
its not nice being caled namez i am very skinny and i get called names it hurts just as much as being caleed fat we cant help it its are bodys plz sum1 reply to this
 
 
 
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