Sunday 11 December 2016

Mum's horror as toddler 'fat-shamed by internet trolls

Helena Horton

Published 10/08/2016 | 13:28

The mother was 'saddened' by comments this photograph of her baby inspired Credit: Reddit/zmegz
The mother was 'saddened' by comments this photograph of her baby inspired Credit: Reddit/zmegz

When a mother uploaded a cute photograph of her 14-month old child online, she did not expect a swarm of internet trolls to write that her toddler was 'fat'.

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The child's mother and father have now deleted their Reddit accounts since the backlash.

The two used to use Reddit parenting threads to swap stories about parenting - but they now feel they can't use the site any more.

“People said she was unhealthily overweight and that we should take better care of her.

"My 14 month old. Who is perfectly healthy and thriving at a normal weight. Chunky babies run in both of our families", said the child's mother,

“It makes me so sad that at 1 year old, she is already getting negative comments about her weight.”

When she spoke of what happened on a Reddit thread, people were quick to share their experiences of when they were trolled because of their children.

“My husband posted a picture of our newborn on Daddit and someone replied that they hoped she died of SIDS,”wrote one user.

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“It didn’t really bother me because it was just someone trying to get a rise out us with no real power or anything personal behind it, but it shows the quality of people these websites sometimes harbour…”

Another user wrote: "People used to tell me my daughter was fat around 6mo. She was very very chubby, but her weight height and all that was in the 75th percentile and i was told she was a very healthy baby. Now she can move and walk (and run and jump ) she is such a skinny little thing!!

"People suck. I'm sure your kid is super cute and pinch those chubby rolls before they disappear before your eyes :("

Telegraph.co.uk

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