Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – No Fat Kids Allowed

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – No Fat Kids Allowed February 6, 2017

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl and Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife – Training Children to Not Be Gluttons

Editor’s note: This first part is all Lori quoting Michael on the evils of fat, and how mothers set up their children for a lifetime of obesity. More fat shaming mixed with shaming of mothers. While it is rarely a good idea to feed your child an endless parade of McDonalds or other fast food and much of the cheaper prepared foods readily available everywhere this is really one of those issues that is personal. Some folks can eat those things with zero effect, while others can gain weight even eating their version of healthy. How dare Michael and Lori try to shame mothers for every decision they make.

The first and most important choices are made by Mother. Is your 22-month-old baby fat? Up until the age of twenty, fat cells multiply in number according to the need to store more fat. After twenty, the fixed number of fat cells either swell larger with overindulgence or shrink with healthy eating. The number of fat cells generated in your youth stays with you the rest of your life, and the more you have, the more you tend toward obesity.

To say it plainly, we steal our children’s health by how much food and what kinds of food we provide. Mother lays the foundation for vibrant health or for a lifetime of sickliness and early death. Gluttony is a deadly sin against our own body and those entrusted to us. It saddens me greatly to see a fat child, knowing the suffering ahead and knowing Mother could have prevented it.” (Michael Pearl)

“And put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.” (Proverbs 23:2)

One third of children in the US are overweight or obese, and this number is continuing to rise…overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults, placing them at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life. They are also more prone to develop stress, sadness, and low self-esteem.”

“For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.” (Proverbs 23:21)

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • SAO

    If you overeat and become fat, it is because your fat cells stored more fat, not because you had more of them. In short, he twists the scientific factoid (number of fat cells stays constant in adulthood) for his own ends.

    How much do you want to bet that he beats kids for not cleaning their plates? Meaning the only thing keeping them from overeating is being sent to bed with no dinner too often.

  • Nightshade

    Quoting Mikey-boy, the guy whose kids had to eat animal feed because they were so dirt poor…yeah, great person to give dietary advice for kids.

  • Rapunzel

    Wait, really? That sounds so unsafe. 🙁

  • Nightshade

    Yep. Debi tells the story, basically bragging about how little they they had to subsist on during a lean winter.

  • BondGurl7

    “The first and most important choices are made by Mother.”
    “Mother lays the foundation for vibrant health or for a lifetime of sickliness and early death.”
    “It saddens me greatly to see a fat child, knowing the suffering ahead and knowing Mother could have prevented it.”

    Why is it that when he uses “Mother” in this text, I hear Norman Bates’ voice?

  • AuntKaylea

    Sigh.

    This is why I had to learn as an adult that all food was not evil, and that eating in and of itself was not a sin that should be punished.

    High demand, double bind upbringing, excessive modesty culture,an excess of hormones of a thyroid disorder, and the bulimia I developed as a response equaled a recipe for disaster. Juggling insulin didn’t help either. (there is also a very high rate of eating disorders amongst teenage girls with diabetes)

  • Nea

    The thing keeping them from overeating is being half starved in the first place. Debi’s photos show the signs of someone who has missed vital nutrients for a long time, and her girls have all kinds of food insecurity issues/food hang ups, from the one who can’t store much of any because there’s no electricity to the one who thought that her husband’s dick would fall off if she answered “what do you want for dinner tonight?

    Debi also casually talks about how to punish children who hoard food, obviously assuming that it is a common and normal thing. It isn’t. Kids with enough to eat do not hoard food. They don’t *need* to.

  • megaforte84

    Or without realizing that her definition of ‘hoarding’ may be slightly different BECAUSE being at the desperation point means ‘the teenager just grabbed a snack to eat in an hour so he doesn’t have to get back up and interrupt his homework when he gets hungry’ could completely destroy the delicately planned caloric balance of the family even though that’s completely normal behavior in most American households.

  • guest

    “To say it plainly, we steal our children’s health by how much food and what kinds of food we provide.”
    I agree, to an extent. Some people can get away with eating junk food while staying slim and hardly having teeth or other significant health issues. Others can’t. Genetics play a role that Michael and Lori aren’t taking into account.

    “Mother lays the foundation for vibrant health or for a lifetime of sickliness and early death. Gluttony is a deadly sin against our own body and those entrusted to us. It saddens me greatly to see a fat child, knowing the suffering ahead and knowing Mother could have prevented it.”

    What about Father? Around here, Father has money in his pocket, a driver’s license and access to a car. Guess who provides a lot of junk food? Bingo! Father.
    In a culture where Mother must always submit to Father it would make more sense to say that Father could have prevented it. Or is Mother supposed to subversively, oh so submissively, provide healthy food?

    You can’t win with these people….

  • Karen the rock whisperer

    He’s sort of right… to a point. But. There’s a “posterize” function in Photoshop that turns a gray-scale image into only black and white. Mikey posterizes life.

    I was a fat child. I’ve got the genes to hoard every calorie possible as fat. My baby pictures all show this little round ball. People reassured my mother that I would outgrow it. I never did, and have always been obese. My mother grew up very poor, and food-insecure. For her, feeding us generously was an act of love, and she loved us very much. It was not a helpful situation for me.

    Good parenting involves helping kids learn to eat the right amounts of healthy things most of the time. I suspect it isn’t necessarily an easy task. But like most everything else, it’s a process, with everyone learning along the way. And children are not mindless buckets for food collection, each body is unique and everyone has different food preferences. But all this is the grays that get lost or distorted in Mikey’s posterization.

  • SAO

    My in-laws had significant periods of hunger in their childhoods. Their memories of childhood hunger meant 1) they never wanted their kids to know hunger, so they prepared very generous meals and 2) they couldn’t stand to throw out food or see it left uneaten on a plate, and 3) for them, in childhood, sweets were rare and really treasured, so they provided those wonderful moments for their kids. In short, they had a series of habits well suited to periodic famine, not suited to middle-class, suburban America.

  • bekabot

    Why is it that when he uses ‘Mother’ in this text, I hear Norman Bates’ voice?

    Because in Psycho what Norman Bates is basically doing is making a woman who’s effectually out of the picture responsible for actions he’s performing himself?

    Just asking.

    {sorry for snarktone}

  • Delilah Hart

    While I agree that parents should feed their kids responsibly, I have to say that Michael Pearl hardly looks like the picture of health.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    22 months, good lord! A chubby toddler is normal and healthy and weight at that age doesn’t necessarily say anything about what you’ll look like later. I was quite the chubster in my toddler years, only to become a lean, lanky kid and, finally, an average-thin adult. Shockingly, Michael Pearl has no idea what he’s talking about.

  • Astrin Ymris

    It’s far easier for mothers to raise healthy-weight children if they’re allowed to limit the number of children in accordance with their means.