I’ve been thin all of my life, but I was a big, fat baby. I weighed almost nine pounds. The latest theory on obesity holds that some of it is genetic.
The ancestors who could put on a lot of weight quickly to make it through the winter had a better chance of surviving when food was scarce. The thin folks didn’t have enough fat reserves to make it through. It really was the survival of the fittest.
But today in most countries, especially the United States, we have more than enough food. And a lot of it is the wrong kind. There’s a fast food restaurant practically on every corner.
We are the fattest people on earth. All this obesity has caused an epidemic of metabolic diseases like diabetes. Just 20-years-ago Type 2 diabetes was unheard of in anyone under 40-years-old, but now it is even affecting teenagers in epidemic proportions.
If you are to avoid obesity and disease as an adult, then you need to start with a healthy diet during childhood. It just freaks me out when I see parents feeding French fries to a small child. There has to be something healthier if you eat out in a restaurant.
Some fast food restaurant chains actually rub French fries in the mouths of babies to see their reaction. Then the tailor the flavor of the fries so young children will like them.
According to Medical News Today: “Researchers funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) have demonstrated for the first time in humans that feeding babies nutrient-enriched milk can lead to significant increases in body fat by the time they reach 5-8 years of age.”
Maybe the reason I didn’t grow up to be a fat adult was that even though I was born fat, my mother breast fed me. And breast milk is ideally suited for the human child.
The reason for feeding an enriched product to a baby is that they are small when they are born. The enriched milk helps them gain weight quickly, but once fat cells are created by the body to store fat, you can only shrink them, you can never get rid of them. It might be a better idea that underweight babies who are otherwise healthy be fed a normal, nutritionally balanced diet instead of giving them extra fat cells that they will never get rid of.
This also a strong argument for breast feeding because it is hard to overfeed a breast fed baby.