This is something that I worry about quite a bit, actually and I would love to hear suggestions on how to teach kids to have a healthy body image. As I have stated previously, I have struggled with obesity for quite some time. I started getting chubby around puberty and by the time I was 24 I was 204lbs even after losing all of the weight from my first baby, and I'm only 5'3". DH was severely overweight even as a small child. DH started healthy eating and exercise when he was in college and lost a lot of weight. He is still heavy but really muscular and doesn't look fat in any way except that he still has fat deposits in front of his pectorals. He is SO self conscious about it to the point that he only wears a few specific shirts and suffers from social anxiety, but he doesn't like the idea of having a major surgery to correct it. Two years ago, I went on a medically supervised diet and lost 80lbs, and currently maintain my weight at 125-129lbs. Even though everyone still tells me how great I look, I see flub everywhere when I look in the mirror and analyze every tiny detail of every item of clothing I put on. If I am on the higher end of my weight range or if I see 130 on the scale, I freak out and I swear I FEEL fat and see more bulges under my clothes.
Obviously, we do NOT have healthy body images and are really hoping not to pass this on to our sons.View Thread
thank you for your encouragement and advice. I really appreciate it, and I will just try not to worry about it! I guess it's just odd to me that he's so lanky when nobody in our families is built that way-but hey, I suppose that's just who he is!View Thread
No soda for my son-EVER. But, with that being said...he's only 2 1/2. When he is a bit older, I will probably allow it from time to time, but I will typically probably try to stick to the caffeine free stuff. Life happens and older kids are going to eventually have some caffeine, but it should certainly, in my opinion, be limited.View Thread
LOL well I was beginning to realize that my posts kind of sound like I'm obsessed with my toddler's weight or that I might be a psycho mom that makes him diet because I want him to fit a certain image. I just wanted to clear that up before anyone could wonder LOL.View Thread
I'm concerned that our focus on healthy foods has led our son to be a scrawny kid I guess. I know it sounds silly, but we have fought with EVERYONE around us since he was old enough to start on purees about his food intake. We do allow junk and sweets from time to time of course, but people didn't understand why we wouldn't let them feed him all kinds of crap at restaurants and stuff. Now that he's getting older and he's a skinny kid, I'm worried that maybe I've gone too far with healthy eating, if that's even possible. Let me also add, that we have not EVER counted his calories or deprived him of food when he is hungry....there's no weird stuff going on here. Just plain old healthy foods and snacks!View Thread
My specific concern is just finding a healthy way to help my son gain a bit of needed weight. His doctor does not feel that he is UNDERWEIGHT and has not said there are any health issues going on, but has stated that he is slightly out of proportion as far as weight to height. He is healthy and normal otherwise, just skinny!View Thread
My DH and I have both struggled with severe obesity for some time...DH since he was a child, and me since puberty. DH's entire family on both sides is severely obese, and my dad's side of my family has a mild problem with obesity as well. As adults, DH and I now live busy lifestyles, exercise regularly, and eat well. I am now 125lbs and 5'3", and DH is heavier (maybe 265lbs and 6'2") but a bulky, muscular build...not fat.
So naturally when we started to have children we swore they would never face the challenges we did as far as being overweight. We are very careful to teach him about "sometimes foods" such as french fries, "foods that give you big muscles" such as broccoli and lean proteins, and "fill you up foods" such as pasta and bread. He understands these concepts pretty well and at age 2 he will eat a great variety of foods, and he prefers fruits and vegetables to sweets and junk. My concern is that DS is a BEANPOLE! He is in a high percentile for height, but right at about 50th percentile for weight. His pedi didn't act worried about his weight, but did note that he could stand to gain a bit and suggested we continue to give him whole milk. We have started to incorporate more red meats into our meals, but we really like to stick to lean proteins and vegetables, fruits, whole grains, etc.
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions...including the expert on the board...of ways we can help our son gain a bit of weight while maintaining a healthy perspective on food and nutrition. I have read and talked to parents of kids who needed to gain weight, and they have been told to let the kids dip their foods in ranch dressing, drink shakes, add cheese to everything, and basically pump them with junk. I'm just not comfortable with that idea and don't want my child insisting on having ranch to dip his food in because that's what he had for a period of time while he was needing to gain weight. I'd love any insight!View Thread
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