And just when you thought the obesity epidemic couldn’t get any worse…

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According to Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper:

  • Kids as young as one are being diagnosed as obese, and one hospital is treating youngsters twice the size they should be.

We’re not talking baby fat, or big boned, or chubby, or even overweight.

We’re talking obesity…clinical, medical obesity.

“A one-year-old who should be 10kg is actually 18-20kg or a two-year-old who should be 12kg is 25kg.”

And wait, it gets better…

Doctors at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, are admitting youngsters with severe weight-related health problems, such as sleep apnea and diabetes.

There is now a 12-month waiting period for the state’s only child weight management clinic.

And why do they call it a CHILD weight management clinic?

  • Are the 1 year old children feeding themselves?
  • Are they getting fat from their mother’s Big Mac enriched breast milk?

According to our Aussie pediatrician and weight specialist Shirley Alexander, “over-feeding and large portion sizes, rather than junk food, are to blame for toddlers being overweight”.

“We are seeing children who can’t walk properly or wipe themselves because they are obese,” Dr Alexander said.

“They can’t walk properly or wipe themselves”

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But, it’s probably just a phase that they will grow out of.

And, they can’t wipe themselves because they are too fat.

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8 thoughts on “And just when you thought the obesity epidemic couldn’t get any worse…

  1. OMG, this is horrifying. I didn’t think it was possible for a 1 yr old to be obese. They should still be nursing at that age. Parents should be ashamed. Think they are?

  2. At this young age there can be no debate. You can’t blame schools or advertising focused on kids. The mothers and mothers-to-be must be educated and change their ways.

    I doubt if breast milk is the culprit and suspect the babies are getting fat on formula or other foods. The other variable is obese mothers tend to birth obese babies.

    Having said this, someone needs to do a study on the fat content of breast milk in obeses vs normal size babies.

  3. There was another study released last week about overweight moms and overweight babies.

    And then there was this story about babies of overweight moms being more likely to die soon after birth.

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