A parent from Northern Ireland has defended her decision to feed her daughter chips and burgers from McDonald’s when she was just a baby.
Jamie-Leigh Gibson, from Antrim, explained how she let her daughter Aniyah eat food from fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and Burger King from the age of six months old.
The 18-year-old parent claimed that her child loved the salty snacks and she said she doesn’t see a problem with her eating them sometimes.
The mum, who is now pregnant with her second child, has assured those who might be concerned, that a doctor has assured her daughter is perfectly healthy and Jamie-Leigh chose to speak out about her daughter’s eating habits after witnessing a story online about a mum who was shamed for letting her baby eat KFC.
She commented on the article on social media, saying: “My one-year-old was eating McDonald’s at six months… she loves her handful of chips and a burger.” But she claims the comment was met with an abundance of displeasure from more senior women.
And as she spoke in more detail, she explained that no one in her family and friend group had said anything rude or mean but on the comment section of the KFC post a bunch of older women weren’t impressed that so many of them in the comments had given their children fast food before they were toddlers, but that it didn’t upset her as she didn’t know them personally.
She continued that her and her daughter’s doctor know she’s healthy and content and that if a child is content and isn’t showing any health problems, she doesn’t believe that people who don’t know you should have a say in what your child eats.
Jamie-Leigh goes on to say how her family and friends weren’t concerned about the food being unhealthy but were instead more nervous that the child could choke on it.
She continued that her daughter got her first tooth at five months old so she gave her half a plain kids burger and she was eating away at it and that everyone who knows her knew that she gave it to her and they did say feeding her it might be dangerous but that she didn’t see a problem as her daughter eats vegetables and fruit too.
Children are fed junk food all the time, what with all the GMO foods and what goes into them, so we shouldn’t see it as a problem and most children are fed junk food sometimes and they turn out just fine.
As an adult, we choose our own diets and health and the diets and health of their children, plus children are so active at a young age that whatever food they’re eating isn’t a problem anyhow and I find it laughable that parents are so rigid with children and foods these days because we’re told we have to be.
To be fair, it’s up to the parent what they do with their child, after all, they’re the parent and at the end of the day it’s food and they will be sustained by it and not overweight as we’re told they will be.
It’s food at the end of the day, and many people in more disadvantaged countries would be sustained by such food.
At the end of the day, it’s nobody else’s business, but then if they don’t want people’s opinions they shouldn’t put it out there.
Children rely on us as there parent to make the best choices for them and to give them the best start and to hopefully influence them to have good and healthy choices when they grow up.
Everything is acceptable in moderation.
It’s your children, you can feed them whatever you like because we don’t have a duty to look after the entire world and everyone needs to settle down – her child, her choice and we should get a grip.
Every child is different and no child has the same development rate and I’m sure she wasn’t ramming the burger and fries down her child’s throat.