Fat-shaming anybody is way out of line, but when the victim is a child, a whole new level of inappropriateness is reached. When the victim is a baby, we start to wonder if it's actually for real.
Sadly it was all too real for one mom, who revealed on Reddit this week, "My 14 month old daughter was called fat yesterday."
It began when the child's dad, Reddit user zmegz, posted a photo of his daughter on Imgur (which has now been deleted) looking, well, adorable. He was shocked when negative comments began to appear. Some people said she was "unhealthily overweight" and that her parents "should take better care of her."
The child's mom was quick to point out that her daughter is perfectly healthy and thriving at a normal weight. She also revealed that "chunky babies" run in both her and her husband's families.
It's so sad that a mom has to defend herself against malicious online trolls. These people are bullies, without a shadow of a doubt. And also completely clueless, because everyone knows that babies come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tiny, some are big, others are somewhere in between. As long as an infant is healthy, the size of their body should be nobody's concern.
An unavoidable of being a parent is worrying about your kid. But we have enough concerns without having to stress about other people criticizing our children and using some skewed idea of the perfect body to pass judgment on us as parents. And we shouldn't have to quit sharing cute pics of our little ones online to avoid such hatred. The only folk that should be shamed in this situation are those who thought it was OK to call a baby "fat."
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