I’m a little peeved. I’ve tried to get over it, shake it off, but I can’t. Not many things bother me this much. Most of the time when I get mad about something, it’s short-lived. But I just can’t get this off my mind. I’m trying hard to keep myself in check – not to overreact – but it’s proving very difficult.
The pediatrician called my son fat.
Well, I guess she didn’t say fat, but in my mind, overweight is the same thing.
She suggested that I should watch what he eats and make sure he exercises. Make sure he exercises!!
My son who just beat his older sister in the one-mile mud run,
plays outside hours a day,
loves camping, swimming, canoeing, climbing, building, running, riding his bicycle, working with his animals, jumping on the trampoline, playing American Ninja Warrior, and going on adventures….
I felt like telling the doctor all of this. I felt like telling her she was wrong! Max is healthy, strong, athletic, vibrant, and perfect just the way he is. He eats well. He exercises more than adequately. He is active. He is NOT FAT!! I felt like arguing with her until she got the point!
But, the numbers don’t leave room for negotiation. She calculated Max’s BMI, and the answer to the equation equaled fat kid.
I’m mad that I’m even sitting here defending my son against such a ridiculous claim. This country is filled with obese people, we all know that. And we all know what they look like. And we all know what habits and lifestyles lead to it. My son is not obese, overweight, or fat.
I will not change his diet, try to make him exercise more, or in any other way try to manipulate his weight. And I’ll never tell him what the doctor said.
Oh, that doctor! She expected me to be defensive, so talking to her was impossible. I was speaking perfectly calmly and matter-of-factly, but no matter what I said, she acted like she was talking me down. It was so frustrating!
Then, to top it off, she said he’s obviously just a big kid. ”After all,” she looked at me and said, “you’re rather big, too.”
Wow, Doc. Thanks a lot. That really made things a lot better. Yep. Thanks.