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Published: Monday, Aug. 19 2013 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Brother Benjamin Franklin
Orem, UT

I do not see how the influx of super-sized babies gives us reason to be concerned. I find the article enlightening.

When kids get bigger, it is merely a reflection of the progress we are making as a society in gestational development and genetic science.

I appreciate the attention brought to this issue, and I believe the concern regarding these matters are unwarranted.

fowersjl
Farmington, Utah

Brother Benjamin, Did you read the article? There is nothing wonderful about super-sized babies. Most often they are a result of gestational diabetes, which often becomes full-blown diabetes for the mother, which often results in diabetes for the baby with all of its complications. Super-sized babies are generally born through C-sections, which can cause problems for the breathing, since the labor and delivery of babies naturally forces the liquid out of their lungs. Genetic science progress has nothing to do with super-sized babies. The terrible diets of mothers in pregnancy have everything to do with it.

Brother Benjamin Franklin
Orem, UT

@fowersjl

"The terrible diets of mothers in pregnancy have everything to do with it."

I would be careful with that statement. We must not blame the mothers who are going through the pains and trials of pregnancy for 9 months in such a way. They are being so selfless and sacrificing to do that. They are like soldiers, police officers, and firefighters that put their lives on the line on a daily basis for the good of that one child.

I hope that we can please not shift the blame in such a way like that. Bigger babies means they will grow up to be physically bigger and stronger, which will lead to greater societal achievements over the long run. Who could not ask for a better thing for society?

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Pregnant moms need not be fearful of the testing that is done during their pregnancy for diabetes.
It is test that only requires one day of some fasting and the drinking of a certain liquid.
Such an easy and quick task to assure the health of mom and baby!

fowersjl
Farmington, Utah

@Brother Benjamin, I've given birth to nine children. How many have you birthed? Appreciate your altruistic view of mothers, and I agree that they do suffer during pregnancy "putting their lives on the line", but I also know that pregnant mothers can be very careless about what they take into their bodies during pregnancy. It is a known fact that gestational diabetes often, though not always, is as a result of a mother's diet. Just a simple "coke a day" can do it. Bigger babies does not mean they will grow up physically stronger and bigger, either. Do a little research on that and you will see.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

Brother Ben F seems to have missed the point. Super-sized children are a serious problem. Birthing naturally an overly large infant is hard on the mom, can damage her organs causing lacerations, ruptures of membranes etc.. These alone require more medical attention that what normally accompanies a natural birth. The attending physician is tempted to deliver via C-section which increases costs, which someone has to shoulder - it ain't free folks.

We as a society have deviated from a deference to motherhood and children to a casual approach regarding diet, exercise and life style that in the end places mother and child at higher risk. Some young mothers lack the normal support network of husband, family and society to the point I have read of some over-normal-weight mothers delivering when they did not realize they were pregnant (or so they said).

We sow the East wind, and reap the whirlwind as it is written.

Larceny
Rural Hall, USA, NC

In my opinion, I find that incredibly disgusting.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Brother Benjamin Franklin; Are your comments tounge-in-cheek irony? I hope so.

Beverly
Eden, UT

WIth the advent of "super-sized" parents, the consequence seems to be "Super-sized" babies. Maybe we need to "Super-Size" the Words Of Wisdom. "Less eating and more exercise" = Beverly 5:10.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Attention ALL:

I am quite certain Brother Benjamin was making a joke.

Calm Down.

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