by Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy – Poor Little Fat Girl
Editor’s note: There aren’t enough curse words or middle fingers for this article by Debi Pearl instructing parents to start religiously monitoring their children’s weight from 18 months on and locking up the food to keep them from being overweight. Babies and toddlers are supposed to be plumper than adults. Her advice sounds like a recipe for setting up a child with a life time of eating disorders. Nowhere in this rant does she suggest the obvious things, like getting a complete physical from a licensed doctor if you have concerns about a child’s weight to make sure the problem is not a physical ailment or some underlying emotional trauma or problem. It’s straight to sin with her every time.
One summer, we had several young girls (11 and 12 years old) come to stay for 3 weeks. Two of the girls were fat. I was shocked to find these two girls hiding in the pantry, opening cans and eating the nastiest stuff—like sweetened condensed milk and sausage rolls. They had learned to steal because they were addicted to overeating and to junk foods. Their habit of stealing food seems to cross over into general dishonesty.
Young families with small children simply do not realize how profound and far-reaching an eating problem can be for their child. By the time parents “wake up” and realize this is not just a problem with food, it is often too late to really make a difference. Their problem with food is really a problem with life. One day, parents suddenly become ashamed that their son is fat and lazy, and they decide to fix the problem. When they start battling with the 10-year-old, they finally realize that what they thought was just a weight problem is actually a character issue. Parents feel helpless and blame the child. The kid resents them and becomes more dishonest and belligerent. He grows up and spends his life struggling with, among other things, a lack of self-discipline, self-confidence, self-respect, defeatism, and endless, expensive health issues. What could have been nipped in the bud at 18 months of age, becomes a lifetime curse. Anyone excessively overweight will attest to the truth of what I am saying.
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