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8 Year Old in a Swim Suit

We went to a pool party with about 10 friends of my daughters, they are all 8 years old. My daughter is one of the older ones, tallest, and mature looking of the group. She is an athlete, gets lots of exercise, and isn't over weight. This is the first time this year I had seen her in a swim suit. She had what looked like cellulite on her tummy and upper legs. Can 8 years have cellulite? I was really surprise, like I said she is fit and not over weight. None of the other girls her age had anything like it, even if overweight. I just want to make sure it isn't something I am missing health wise. What do you think it could be?

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I had cellulite since I was nine on my thighs. My dad noticed and got very upset. He could not bear the thought of having an imperfect child. I was on diets since. I am now 40 and about 75 lbs overweight. I just started to stop hating my body and boy oh boy. Love and acceptance is key, we are all beautiful and funny looking no matter what shape and size each of us are. When she becomes concerned with it, simply massaging with lotion can smooth it some, but dont push it on her until she starts fixating on it.

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I was also going to suggest that it might be stretch marks. They do have a glossy, unattractive, cellulite quality to them and it's likely that if she's tall and more mature, she may have gotten some. There's really nothing you can do, some people are more prone to getting them than others and it's a bummer. I had them probably around that age, maybe a few years older.

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I think some people are just more prone to cellulite. I am not over weight and I have cellulite on my legs. I have 2 daughters one has it and one doesn't. My littlest one has it on her butt and upper thighs. In fact, I have seen a lot of ladies at the pool that are quite small and they have it too. I have also seen larger women who don't have it. So I think it all depends on genetics.
If you are concerned, I would just ask the pediatrictian at your next visit.

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It could be stretch marks , if she is tall and shot up quite quickly then this can cause the marks , I am fairly tall and grew quite quickly as a child and got these marks on my upper arms.

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I had cellulite since I was nine on my thighs. My dad noticed and got very upset. He could not bear the thought of having an imperfect child. I was on diets since. I am now 40 and about 75 lbs overweight. I just started to stop hating my body and boy oh boy. Love and acceptance is key, we are all beautiful and funny looking no matter what shape and size each of us are. When she becomes concerned with it, simply massaging with lotion can smooth it some, but dont push it on her until she starts fixating on it.

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I personally think if she is in good health you need to stop stressing out about her appearance. I know so many people now who are so messed up because of their parents obsession about their looks (when they grew up as a child) and now they all have eating disorders. The emphasis should never be on your childs' looks - only good health. If you question your daughter or make her feel self conscious about this, she will always have a self esteem issue because of it. This is not a health issue.

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It's called brown fat and they get it to grow with. All boys and girls of 8 years of age have it. Some 7 years olds as well. As they grown the brown fat turns into body mass and long legs and height.
Please don't be paranoid about a bit of what looks like cellulite. It is the way the growth factor works. Lots of otherwise thin children put on brown fat pre puberty.
What you are missing healthwise is knowing how the human body grows and changes throughout life.
From about 18-49 we look mostly the same with a few extra pounds or our ususual tight muscular figure or a couple of facial lines.
From 8- 15 we are changing regularly growing from a child to an adult body which is still in flux concerning height, how broad or lean our bone structure is and how much muscle and physical strength we have.
TAKE NOTE: Food is extremely important whether it is organic and fresh or fast food determines your health throughout life. Whether you exercise or not determines how well you will hold up overall throughout life.
WHAT YOU PUT INTO YOUR BODY BEFORE THE AGE OF 18 IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING YOU DO FOR IT ONCE YOU REACH ADULTHOOD!
That statement cannot ever be underestimated. Do not cheap your children by looking at your budget over their health.

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This really isn't a direct response to your question, but more a statement about self image to go along with what everyone else has offered so far. I have a 2 1/2 yr old daughter who in my *unbiased* opinion is absolutely, stunningly beautiful. I've always thought children are beautiful, but now that I have my own I am amazed. Recently, I was complaining to my husband about how frustrated I will be when our daughter comes home from school for the first time complaining of something she thinks is imperfect. I said it's a shame our society makes girls, especially, feel like there is something not perfect about their bodies. I expressed how crushed I will be for her.......he looked at me and said, yeah, I've been trying to tell *you* that for years. It finally dawned on me how those I love see me. While I always thought of myself as pretty, I have been conscious of my weight (about 40 lbs overweight)....I decided then and there that I would try to change my image of myself to help my daughter always know how incredibly beautiful she is. I've been trying very hard to never let her hear me complain about my body, or see me drive myself nuts to change it. I want her to see me focusing on being healthy, by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. I'm not perfect at this, of course, as I like many women have years of societal pressure to undo......Let's teach our girls how incredible they are, just the way that they are, by being good examples!

S.

PS: why are we trained to see the beauty in others, but deny that in ourselves? Let's revolt! :-)

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Could it be possible that what you are calling cellulite is actually stretch marks? When children go through particulary big growth spurts - expecially height or the weight change that can come with puberty (not in this case I'm sure), they can get stretch marks.

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