"Why do parents let their kids get fat?"

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27/09/2012 at 16:48
EKGO wrote (see)

I think lazy parents contribute to making Fat kids, when parents can't be bothered to entertain and play with kids they do as they want.

that's a new concept as well.

it used to be that children played with other children.

now due to restricted access to other children and insistence on 24 hour supervision parents have to entertain their kids or physically take them out to parks or wherever if they are going to play anywhere.

27/09/2012 at 16:53
I am lucky to live in a cul de sac. I can see 3 different groups of kids playing out right now. There a 3 youngsters who are desperate to come out bike riding with me when ever I get a bike out. Sadly the oldest is about 8 !
seren nos    pirate
27/09/2012 at 17:41

we now feed babies on demand.my eldest feed almost constantly and was a very heavy baby..........never fat but from birth he was always on the 90th centile or above for weight  and head circumference......

now if as babies they are fed on demand,.then as toddlers they are used to it.where do we break the circle......................


and I think people are looking back with rose tuinted spectacles again.look at your old school photos.mine look the same as my sons......the majority normal.the few chunky kids and a few super skinny kids........



kittenkat    pirate
27/09/2012 at 17:44

I think it's ok to feed babies on demand if you breast feed; not so if it's formula.

kittenkat    pirate
27/09/2012 at 17:46

I breast fed both of mine because they liked it and why the hell wouldn't you? It's free and on tap. But I can understand how very young mothers wouldn't have the social confidence to do that in public.


seren nos    pirate
27/09/2012 at 17:48

not sure why its different for the two...........I think the theory was the same for both


27/09/2012 at 17:50

I think feeding on demand is not really explained well to new mums.  My sis wasn't explained it at all - so it was me and my mum who told her what to do.... i.e.  bugger the 'on demand' part and stick to 3-4 hourly feeds but at the same time be a little bit flexible when the baby needs you to  be. 


Obviously I am not up on the 'current' recommendations but I don't think feeding on demand necessarily means sticking food in their mouths every time they bleat. And if it does - then I disagree with it.

Edited: 27/09/2012 at 17:52
27/09/2012 at 17:53

It's different for breast because the fore milk is watery and just acts as a drink not a feed - whereas with a bottle it's all thick and calorie dense.

seren nos    pirate
27/09/2012 at 17:55

but that isn't feeding on demand .thats the old fashioned way that treats all babies as having the same needs and appetities at the same periods of growth......

which is fine if that is what you want.........but isn't quite the same as feeding on demand

my eldest wanted feeding and nothing would shut him up apart from food.................my middle son would wake up to eat and then forget about it and go back to sleep without eating............the4y are so all very different which is why all the books are crap

27/09/2012 at 18:01

Yes the books are def all crap - I read that Gina Ford one when I had my youngest in the middle of a bout of post natal depression - it almost put me over the edge.

27/09/2012 at 18:06

With regards to feeding on demand - obviously through growth spurts you feed more often ..... It's just that there is nothing wrong with some level of routine - I was given an excellent book on breast feeding which explained that to have a good milk supply you need to regulate how you feed your baby in the first few weeks. i.e. if you just feed them every time they open their mouths - you give them a trickle of milk each time.  Your body isn't stimulated properly to make a right good amount of milk and your baby doesn't get a right good feed. Result is that you feed little and often, your boobs make milk to conform to this pattern, your baby learns to feed every 2 mins and then you finally collapse in exhaustion and go buy a bottle.


Bringing in some level of routine, i.e making sure you go at least 2 hours between feeds but not more than 6 can help to ensure   a better milk supply and a more 'fed' baby.



Blisters    pirate
28/09/2012 at 02:04

Ah. boobs and feed. The problem being that boobs respond to increased demand with an increased supply. Unfortunately it's usually  a couple of days later than the demand. Or so we discovered with the boobs we had available.

Why don't babies read the instruction manuals?

28/09/2012 at 03:06
I used to work in GAME and at the beginning of every school holiday, especially summer, parents would bring their kids in to buy enough games to keep them busy over the holidays. Very sad to see. I would want to spend more time with my daughter than have her stuck in front of the TV.
28/09/2012 at 08:18

Hasn't Game or Gamestation gone bust now? 

28/09/2012 at 08:21
seren nos wrote (see)

and I think people are looking back with rose tuinted spectacles again.look at your old school photos.mine look the same as my sons......the majority normal.the few chunky kids and a few super skinny kids........



Seren I'm not sure if you're saying things haven't changed, they most definitely have, kids are not only heavier but they are all taller as well nowadays.  I can remember going to the USA for the first time in about 1985 and we were all amazed how many fat and obese people there were and couldn't believe it would be replicated in the UK.  Well it might have taken 20 years to catch up but it has, though the USA has probably maintained it's lead.  Again we're catching up

kittenkat    pirate
28/09/2012 at 08:36

Children's clothes sizes are definitely bigger and we now have plus size ranges for kids.

seren nos    pirate
28/09/2012 at 10:54

in the poast the bigger kids woyld just have to buy adult clothes or older clothes instead of plus size.....

JF50.I agree kids are getting taller woth bigger bones/ feet...............but my arguement is that in the groups of kids i see there are only a few obese.the same as when i was in school...................

i am suprised when people say when I was young al the kids were skinny...............I can only remmeber a few skinny kids.the majority normal randge and a few chunkuy kids............which is what i see now...

28/09/2012 at 11:09

I think our parents' generation had a whole other set of problems to deal with.

There were children with rickets, children who smoked from the age of 8 or 9, children with no shoes or one shared coat, living ten in a bed and catching all kinds of diseases that hardly exist now.

Nowadays there is obesity and tooth decay - I was horrified by a program recently that showed hundreds of children having to have their milk teeth removed because of hidden sugars in products such as tins of beans.

The similarity is that both problems were caused by poverty - our parents and grandparents couldn't afford good food, and people now are being conned into buying the cheapest, almost toxic "food" by the big food companies. We really haven't come very far in the last 50 or 60 years.

More regulation of food companies by the government might help.

28/09/2012 at 11:12

Seren I guess I go back a bit further than you when I think of school age, there were no obese children then in the UK

28/09/2012 at 11:54

I've checked my primary school photo and I promise you, 1 fat kid out of 30.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying most of the kids I see out and about these days are enormous, but they're carrying a great deal more puppy fat than we ever did.

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