I am a morbidly obese T2. I have heard and seen many times, on TuD and many other places, that I am worth less as a human being because I allow my unbridled lusts for sweets and other inappropriate foods to give me this terrible disease. Indeed, I really do accept that improper eating and the accompanying overweight tend to aggravate both diabetes and its complications. But am I really so thoroughly guilty for these behaviors?
I was a very, very fat infant, even at the age of a few months. The photos are hard to argue with. There is plenty of research associating infant obesity with lifelong obesity, apparently through endocrine processes which, among other mechanisms, increase appetite and a desire for sugar. So if I am guilty, the two- or three-month old pre-me was probably much more so. The courts and the dispensers of justice in many societies try to avoid assigning criminal guilt to infants, but many diabetics refuse to take part in this sloppy sentimentality. Punishment for the Type 2s! (Yes, I’ve really heard this. From a doctor.)
So what is my point in all of this? Just blowing off some boiling bile? No, there’s yet an earlier stage to the story, before me the criminal infant and me the criminal adult. When I was born, I was not breastfed at all, because of a fashion in that time and place. I was fed “formula”. And there’s now plenty of research on the negative correlation between breastfeeding on the one hand and both infant and adult overweight on the other. So it turns out that aside from an opportunity for namecalling, wchich we all love, there is a practical lesson to be learned from all of these discussions about the guilty T2s:
You ladies who are young and having babies, nurse them with your own milk! There are a lot of other medical advantages to breastfeeding, but just reducing one’s child’s chances of getting this disease with all of its complications is quite enough. In fact, just reducing your child’s chances of getting the dirty looks reserved for the overweight is quite enough reason to nurse them.
And I don’t mean than you should start out nursing them, and then once slip a box of formula in the house when you’re in a hurry. And the next time, you won’t be in quite as much of a hurry, but you’ll still find a reason. The famous slippery slope.
MOTHERS, YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT DIABETES? YOU WANT TO DO YOUR SHARE AGAINST THE EPIDEMIC OF OBESITY? NURSE YOUR BABIES! (You may even decide it’s fun.)