Her daughter is a happy, healthy nearly two year old who is very active and eats a balanced diet. Yet my friend was told she was making her obese because her weight wasn't on a lower percentile than her height. We all know everybody is different yet the guilt/ shame that some parents might feel by being told their child is obese and it's because they are over feeding them is ridiculous and needs to be stopped!
Apparently this is the recommended diet for a nearly two year old:
Breakfast: 1 tablespoon of porridge
Lunch: 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 3 dice size pieces of cheese, 1/2 a slice of bread
Dinner: 1 tablespoon of fish, 1 new potato. 1 tablespoon of peas
Snack: 1 biscuit, 2-3 Strawberries
Strictly no bananas or grapes are allowed because they contain too much sugar. Don't think you can give your child extra vegetables either because that's not allowed either - even if she is crying because she's hungry.
When my friend challenged the health visitor stating that her child feeds herself until she has had enough she was told she has to slowly reduce the food until it reaches the 'recommended' amount. If she ignored the advice my friend is responsible for keeping her daughter obese which will put her at more risk to the usual associated obesity diseases.
When did starving children become acceptable? In my eyes not feeding a hungry child is neglect and is a form of child abuse and should never be advocated - ever! Yes some children will only eat the amount recommended and some children will eat less but equally there are some that will require more food.
There will be a point when children naturally choose to eat less but it's their bodies and we need to trust that their body knows the cue of hunger and equally when to stop. So parents if you have been told that you should ignore your child's cries for hunger because you are making them fat please follow your instincts and have the confidence that you know your child better than any textbook and feed your child if they are hungry.
|Beautiful happy healthy toddler who is fine as she is - no intervention needed.|