Fatty. Fatty Boomba. Fatso. Piggy Fat-Fat.
They’re the sort of nicknames that would make you wince if you heard adults using them on each other. But how about when adults use them on babies and kids? How about if it was your baby, and the adult calling him “Fatty” was your mother-in-law?
It’s an issue that crops up regularly in online mums’ forums. One mum, NataSal, on whattoexpect.com, said she’d overheard her mother-in-law referring to her six-month-old son as “Fat Boy”. She said the nickname “hit a nerve” because of issues she’d gone through when she was younger.
“What the heck am I supposed to do with that? … I personally see a healthy-sized baby when I look at him,” she added.
Some mums who replied insisted that “fat” was a compliment when it came to babies.
“In my family, ‘fat’ chunky babies are considered desirable,” wrote Sravie. “The more rolls, the cuter!”
But others sympathised with her.
“My mum has been referring to my son as ‘Fat Boy’, too,” said justUsPlus2. “I’m going to say, ‘Thanks, fat grandma!’”
Another poster, SashaAMB, said her grandmother-in-law started calling her baby daughter “Fatso”.
“It took everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, not to unleash all holy hell on her,” she wrote. “I went on and on about girls and healthy self-esteem until she (temporarily) backed off.”