If a baby is born small and thin, you would want to feed it so it would catch up to a more normal size, right? An infant is a small, brainless git who has to be toilet trained and fed forcibly because it does not know how much food it needs, right? A child who looks short compared to class-mates is not getting enough to eat, and must be force-fed to enable proper growth, right?
Well, if you asked mothers and grandmothers these questions 70 years ago, the answer would be a disdainful ‘yes, of course’, and the pediatricians then would have wholeheartedly agreed. But we live and learn, and we learnt how wrong we all were! Today, the answer to the questions above is a resounding NO, but many people still don’t know it. So, it needs lots of dinning into peoples’ heads that a small thin baby who is force-fed into rapid weight gain is at very high risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood lipid levels, heart disease (collectively called the ‘metabolic syndrome’), and polycystic ovarian disease in girls.
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