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

fat baby And just when you thought the obesity epidemic couldn't get any worse...

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.

  • Except that kids under the age of 10 are being now being treated for hip and joint pain caused by obesity.
  • And adolescent girls are having menstrual problems because they are developing polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • And over 25% of Australia’s kids are overweight or obese.

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

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Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.

12 Comments

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  2. Danny Lupiani

    February 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

    this is not good for society. Lifestyle changes need to be made, and educational reforms need to be made at the younger level, not only to get kids moving, but to educate them on them on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle

  3. Mary-Jo

    January 24, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Part of the problem lies in what was once considered ‘overfeeding’ is now considered ‘normal amounts’ as the prevalence and incidence of obesity continues to rise. People really need an overhaul on the topic of ‘Normal Nutrition’ instead of the constant barrage of Weight Loss Tips and Diets information. it’s all just overload and people are tuning out the ‘experts’ and either listening to quacks and celebs or just doing what they think and see everyone else doing — nobody wins!

  4. Malcolm O'Brien

    August 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Although this article is over 18 months old,the subject still resonates with
    health care professionals and providers.I am inclined to support Dr.James Hubbard,MD.

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  7. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

    February 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

    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.

  8. McBloggenstein

    February 8, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I imagine the children suckling on their [probably] obese mother’s breasts to get their daily milkshake and fries.

  9. John

    February 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I guess Maury Povich won’t run out of guests anytime soon for his “obese kids” shows.

  10. Carole

    February 7, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    And we thought it was just here in America. Its horrifying that parents are literally killing their kids.

  11. darya

    February 7, 2009 at 9:56 am

    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?

  12. DR

    February 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    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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