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Scales of Justice Tip in Favor of “Fat” Baby Denied Health Insurance

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Scales of Justice Tip in Favor of “Fat” Baby Denied Health Insurance

If there’s one thing I may love more than baby hats, it’s a chubby baby.  So color me sad to hear that this beautiful, chubby, four-month-old boy was denied health insurance for “being too fat.”

What IS it with people and this “too fat” nonsense?!

Alex Lange measures 25 inches and weighs 17 pounds, putting him in the 99th percentile for height and weight for babies his age.  Impressive, yes, but c’mon!  His parents were told insurance companies don’t take babies above the 95th percentile, no matter how healthy.  Um, okay.

His parents, needless to say, were shocked.

“I could understand if we could control what he’s eating. But he’s 4 months old. He’s breast-feeding. We can’t put him on the Atkins diet or on a treadmill,” joked his frustrated father, Bernie Lange.  “There is just something absurd about denying an infant.”

The media agreed — and as soon as this story made national headlines, Rocky Mountain Health Plans immediately changed its tune and said — SURPRISE! — it will no longer consider obesity a “pre-existing condition” barring coverage for hefty infants.  Or, as I like to call our 22-lb. cat, “big-boned.”

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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