My husband was an obese child.
Nicknamed ‘Fat Phil’, his primary school years by all accounts, were nothing short of hell.
His mother maintains that his eating habits were exactly the same as his 3 younger brothers, yet he was the only one that was overweight.
He was extremely sporty and impossibly active yet he remained large right up until puberty had its way with him and turned him into a slim, 6ft spunk (he’s probably reading this btw, brownie points etc).
Our daughter, now 14, is treading an eerily similar genetic path. She is a big girl but she is also extremely tall. Taller than I am, and I’m no shorty. Her eating habits are generally good, no really, they are no worse and no better than our other children nor other girls her age.
I have made certain not to make an issue out of her weight because I know how it affected me when I was a similar age. I ate only corn and peas for two solid years off the back of some throwaway remark about my ‘large arse’ from some guy in Year 10. In hindsight, of course, I was stick thin, but this makes me ever conscious about what I say to my own daughter. I just want her to be healthy and happy.
Don’t get me wrong, she’s well aware that she is larger, she’s not oblivious but I think what I love the most is that she is comfortable in her own skin, is extremely confident and has developed her own style, one that suits her figure. I’m 38 and still haven’t quite worked this out, so I am rather envious.
The only clothing item she laments she doesn’t feel comfortable in, are jeans. Welcome to being a woman honey, 90% of the population despise wearing jeans.
The thing is though, due to her size and weight, she has had to shop in the adult clothing department since she was 11. Whilst this isn’t a major problem, clothes designed for adults are usually different to the ones designed for children and often very inappropriate.
A lady named Ruth Smith has recognised this gap and launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and start supplying ‘plus-size’ children with comfortable, fashionable clothing.
“Life as an overweight kid is hard enough without having to go on a scavenger hunt for clothes. A new Kickstarter, “Hey Mom, It Fits!” is seeking funds to create attractive, available children’s clothes in larger sizes.