Ok, here is a question to shake things up. A couple of months ago I considered sending my 3 yr old dd to a gymnastics class once a week. We trialed one, and while I liked the program, I did not sign her up. One reason was the kids seemed to stand in line for as much time as they spent being active. Two was the drive from our home was considerable. Three was that all the parents were sitting in the lobby, staring at their kids, not talking at all. So I figured, maybe it would be better worth my time (and money) to take her to a local park and encourage her to be active by playing games that I played as a child, that way I can get in some activity too.View Thread
It does, but I guess I want her to look good as far as her numbers. I want someone to tell me she is fine. I have a follow up scheduled for her at the end of the summer, and I am afraid there won't be good progress at that point. It is hard because I feel that I am being prejudged, because even though I have lost 80 lbs, I still am still overweight, and now my child is showing up to be overweight. This was not an issue until her 3 yr appointment, before she was always on the 90% for height and weight, but nothing was ever brought up that she was too big. I eat healthy, athough not perfect. I exercise 5 days a week. When I have her, she eats fruit, whole grains, veggies, low fat dairy. When she is at my mother in laws while I am at work, she eats fairly well, but I know there are more snacks like those gummy fruit snacks and honey grahams. I find it hard to believe though that she is overweight based on these snacks, per my mil they are once a day or so. I don't want to be that parent who never lets their children have treats. That is how I was raised and it backfired on me. Is it possible that she has not hit that growth spurt that makes the kids thin out just yet? thank youView Thread
I couple months ago, I posted about my daughter who is 3. Her doctor says her BMI is in the overweight catagory. I FREAKED out. I have been overweight my whole life, and one of my main goals as a parent was to keep her from that issue. Come to find out, my mother in law was giving her and excessive amount of juice, and after we stopped that she dropped some weight, but now I think she may have regained some. She is still eating healthy food, and not drinking juice, so I am not sure what it is coming from. I monitor her diet so carefully, and then I hear about parents with normal weight kids who let them have treats every day! It is so not fair! I am afraid to think about it anymore, right after the doctor's appointment I looked at her and felt sad. Kind of a reverse self esteem issue, and I am afraid to reflect it back on her. Anybody have any advice? Am I overthinking this? Should I just feed her the best I can, and get her to move more, and let the scale just say what it says? She doesn't look overweight.View Thread
That is a good question. I am overweight, but I have lost 80 lbs, and feel good about my progress, although I know I have a way to go. I was overweight from middle school on, and I managed to develop good self-esteem despite this. I think one of the reasons this happened to me was I was active in sports, and my mother was as well, and was my softball coach. She showed me that a woman was more than what she looked like in this way. Even though I was heavy, I was proud of my strength and power- I was a pretty good hitter. I hope I can pass that on to my daughter. Being active in sports, especially for girls, is very important in my opinion. I never met a girl who was active in sports and had a bad body image.View Thread
As a woman who was overweight as she grew up, I feel for both of you! Have you talked to her doc? Have you seen a dietician with her? If not those would be my first steps. Sometimes cutting back isn't enough on its own to see a difference. You have to get a better picture of what her diet looks like. And also, does she want to change, or do you have to fight her on it? I did not want to hear about it at all at that age! I was teased a lot as a middle school age too. Believe it or not I think it has made me a better person! please post back!View Thread
I buy a lot of 5 ingredient 15 minute cookbooks- weight watchers and cooking light put them out- a lot of time I find them at the checkout with the magazines, or with the magazines at a big bookstore. All the recipes are not kid friendly but many are. Like sandwiches with a twist on them, you could easily leave out an ingredient that is too 'scary'. One of my favorites is chicken sandwiches marinated in light soy sauce with grilled pineapple and fresh basil on it. Since my daughter is just 3 I put stuff in front of her, if she doesn't eat it I may make her an egg or a sandwich or something. They say it takes over 10 exposures before kids will accept a food. don't know if that helps!View Thread
This is not a case of normal parent indulgence. Something is very wrong here. I hope there is a social service that can get involved, because that is what is indicated. I cannot imagine that a child of that age would be able to consume enough calories on his own to gain that weight without some kind of mental issue. In that case, he MAY cry if he does not get his way- because it is a compulsive behavior, and to not eat may make him very anxious.View Thread
I agree with how you are feeding him, I think you are doing great! I don't agree with the idea of allowing a lot of cheese and ranch dip etc. If they get used to it, they are going to expect it for the rest of their life. I wouldn't worry about his weight unless the pedi is very concerned. As long as he is developmentally on track, he is probably fine. I think as parents we want to see our kids in a good place on the charts, but that really isn't the most important thing- what is important is that they are healthy! and maybe where he needs to be is exactly where he is! I also have been struggling with my daughters weight- but at the other end of the scale... I have been trying to just feed her the best I can and let the scale be- it is not the only way to measure health. But of course I will defer to Dr Tiongson....View Thread
I had to take my daughter to her doctor for an ear infection, and they weighed her. She had lost a pound! In less than a month! All we did is cut out the 3-4 cups of juice she was getting at my mother in laws! I am so excitied, but suprised, I wasn't sure if we would see a loss or if she would just 'grow into' her current weight.View Thread
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