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Fighting Fat in the Womb?

May 11, 2011

Well, this certainly takes the cake. The UK Telegraph is reporting today that doctors are beginning a 3 year trial using the diabetes drug Metformin on 100 pregnant women in hopes of preventing fat babies and c-sections.  Seriously, they want to reduce nutrition to fetuses in order to prevent them from getting fat.  In the womb.


This is just another failed calories in-calories out arguement. In 3 years they'll check the data and figure that out but right now I'm calling it; fat babies are fat thanks to genetics and environmental factors, not because they got too much glucouse during gestation.  There are a few things that can happen to a hungry fetus, none of which are good. Fetuses do not develop as well, especially mentally, as their well-fed counterparts; they tend to be FATTER than their counterparts, as evolution can only assume that there's a famine going on since the mother-to-be isn't eating well, or they die.  Now, researchers know Metformin is 'safe' to give a pregnant woman as it doesn't cause any birth defects, but would they count malnourished as a birth defect?  They certainly think FAT is a defect that can be 'fixed', don't they?.

Also, thinking that fat women delivering fat babies warrants a c-section is bunk; fat women can and do deliver babies of all sizes without complication all the time.  The reason c-section rates are so high among fat women is because doctors simply don't think fat women can deliver a baby vaginally.  They barely give them a chance to try before they're sharpening their scalpels.  Well-Rounded Mama has written about this in the past; if you haven't read it, check it out! (She's also got Plus-Size Pregnancy up too which is well worth a look!)

Picking on fat men and women is one thing.  Picking on fat kids is another, and worse.  The worst by far is targetting fetuses who are still developing, interrupting the delicate, complicated and still-not-quite-understood process of Becoming.

Gabe at 1 day old. 8lbs, 12oz.

Hat tip to Paul Murphy at Obesity ThunderBay on the Telegraph Article!

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