Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rant: Your son is too thin

My 5-year-old son is thin. People often say "too thin." And that really ticks me off.

C has been skinny from the moment he was born. He weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Throughout his life, he's never been fat, husky, or even what I would consider "chunky," no matter how much we fed him. Everyone who knows us knows this, yet they still feel the need to point out to me that he is thin.

No shit.

I wouldn't be so bothered by it if the expression didn't coincide with a disgusted mug. I swear, it's like they're implying that I don't feed my child! Believe me, it is moments like that when I realize that I am LUCKY to have such an even temper, sarcasm, and a cool, calm exterior.

First of all, C is 45 pounds and 3 feet, 6 inches tall. He is in the 79th percentile for his height, and the 55th percentile for his weight. When I tell people that, they don't want to hear it. It's almost like when people are judging the weight of someone else, they immediately become doctors and nutritionists. "Oh, just give him 2 tablespoons of lard every morning and he'll fatten up." Oh, right. Why didn't I think of that?

Sometimes C will eat us out of house and home. Other days, it's a struggle to pull him away from his toys to get him to eat a cookie. But he still eats! When it comes to food, he's finicky. He's stubborn. If there is a burnt piece of breading on his chicken strips, he'll refuse to eat it until it's cut off. He loves eggs, wheat toast, fish, and yogurt, and he hates hamburger, spaghetti, and dark meat chicken nuggets.

I feel incredibly insulted when people constantly point it out with that look on their face (you know, like they're a better parent than you are). Not to mention, it is insulting to my son. You don't go around pointing out skinny adults all day and telling them that they're "too thin" and that they "need to eat something." So, why do it to my child? He is a highly energetic and healthy child. He just doesn't gain weight like the rest of us. Get over it and stop scrutinizing us.

It's almost as if people expect C to be "big" because I'm big. What they don't know, though, is that my paternal grandfather and my husband's paternal grandfather were both tall and thin. But nooooo, that isn't relevant when people are judging you.

Do you have any peeves you'd like to share?

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