I'm a family nurse practitioner, and the statistics out right now on juvenile obesity and the sharp increase of juvenile Type 2 diabetes (the kind only adults used to get) are VERY ALARMING. Obese children (without intervention) make obese adults. Our core beliefs about food start when we are learning to eat.
Not all "healthy foods" are low in calories, and too much of anything is not good. Another alarming fact is that most parents either severely underestimate or do not see where their overweight/obese child has or is developing a weight problem. Love is blind. That is well documented in the academic literature available.
As a society, we need to stop incriminating healthcare providers for expressing their concern (sometimes by putting the numbers on the table and laying out the facts) about weight. The provider should be checking some labwork and making sure there is not an underlying reason why children are overweight.
Children are our future. As a society, we need to take juvenile obesity and Type 2 Diabetes seriously. Children who develop Type 2 diabetes are more likely to have more severe disease and the microvascular complications (kidney failure, blindness, neuropathy, etc). That's a lot of young people with some SERIOUS health problems in the next 15-20 years.
To the original person who commented. I know it's hard to hear someone else tell you your sweet baby might be developing a weight problem, but be thankful your provider is not afraid to address that issue with you. So many won't due to catching so much flack from the child's family.
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