Letter: Don’t worry about fat babies



As our society’s trend toward obesity and fear of our children following suit subconsciously forcing adults to place unjustified reasoning on why some babies are chunky and why some grow more rapidly? After reading a Nov. 9 story “Study raises red flag about fat babies,” I agree with Dr. Michelle Lampl of Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health, that “putting infants on diets … is a bad idea.” But limiting a study to just one factor is failure in itself when it comes to the human body. Multiple variables affect growth and development: one’s food source, levels of exposure to environment toxins, and activity levels are just a few.

I wish the study had been more thorough in covering multiple factors that contribute to growth and how they relate to obesity. Also it would have been nice to have a plethora of professional opinions, creating a more diverse background.

Word to parents out there: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Just because your babies are growing quickly or get chunky doesn’t mean they will be obese. So don’t label them, love them.

Kristen Britt