A.E. asks from Marietta, GA on August 14, 2008
My 9 Year Old Is Over-weight and I'm Worried.
My 9 year old has a very good appetite. She eats anything and everything from salads to hamburgers..I'm worried because at her 9 yr. check up she was 100 pounds, I have 2 younger kids that are sticks and can eat anything and not gain an ounce. I tell her to make good food choices at school and I try my best to limit fast food. She is very active, she takes hip hop and tap classes but continues to gain weight. my mom says it's because she's growing and it's her hormones but My husband's family has a history of obesity. My daughter is in the 4th grade and kids can be cruel to kids that are overweight. I'm not sure what else i should do?
So What Happened?™
WOW i am so greatful i joined mamasource the response i received form you all is so greatly appreciated! I've expressed my concern with my family and to be honest they not once mentioned i was a great mom for trying to help her or even beig concerned. I needed to hear that, thanks!
On another note.
I went food shopping with my husband yesterday and we made different food choices, we went for the organic fruits and food as well as milk. I have to admit my bill was very expensive but she is so worth it. We are also joining boot camp in east cobb park. It's for kids from 5-12 and parents can work out with their kids we asked her if she would be interested and she's so excited she can't wait until saturday.
My husband and I want the best for all our children. I don't want Ariana(9yr Old) to be skinny I just want her to be healthy and not be self concious about herself. She has a great attitude about life she does great with her peers and I don't want that to change because of her physical appearance. I thank you all for your comments and suggestions it helped me so much and i look forward to sharing more with you all as my children grow.
P.S. answers from Macon on August 21, 2008
I encountered the same problem with my daughter. She was over-weight until she was 15 years old. Then the pounds started falling off.
E.M. answers from Atlanta on August 14, 2008
Please see the portions that she is eating that is the main clue on controlling your weith Also two low calories snacks in betwwen lunch and diner and one before going to bed Put her in sports volleyball, swiming, etc Riding bycicle, etc This should help her out Also have you check her out with a doctor to see that there is nothing physical wrong with her
M.J. answers from Charleston on August 17, 2008
I am a Chiropractor and here are my thoughts... does your daughter drink any soda? Does she get any artifical sweetner through any of her foods/drinks? If so, her cells are getting predisposed to not release fat. This is not good and will continue to keep her from loosing weight. Avoid them, this can be aspartame, splenda, sucralose, equal, etc... Push water as much as you can. If she cant be plain right away, try vitamin water. I would use organic milk if she is going to be drinking it. You have no way of knowing that the others who say they are 'hormone' free actually are. If its organic, it is tested for its word. Brocolli, spinach, cheese, yogurt are also great ways to add calcium. If you use soy, limit her to one serving a day. Otherwise, it will interupt her hormones. She has enough right now, you dont want to add unnessary ones through diet. Find a good mulitvitamin from your healthfood store. The ones at Walmart, etc are all synthetic and do not get absorbed by our bodies. You want a whole food vitamin, not man made. I would also suggest taking her to a chiropractor. Believe it or not, getting your spine in its correct position will actually improve your metabolism. This could really start her on a healthier lifestyle. Let me know if I can offer any more advise. Best of luck to you guys! Your a great mom for being so concerned:)
L.K. answers from Atlanta on August 14, 2008
Is she in good cardio-pulmonary shape? You say she is very active. Could she, for instance, run a mile in under ten minutes(like they usually have to do in school)? If so, I wouldn't worry yet. My brother started out really slender and then got fairly heavy right around that age. Once he hit high school, though, he grew taller and taller and never gained a pound. He's 33 now and slender as can be. Help her be in good shape physically and eat well (without becoming obsessed). I agree with a previous post that leading by example is the best way to go. Your "stick" children need to learn good habits, too. Lots of "sticks" become overweight as adults when their metabolism no longer covers for their bad health habits.
A.C. answers from Atlanta on August 14, 2008
Did her dr. say anything about her weight?
My nephew sounds just like your daughter, he is 9 years old and probably weighs the same. He really doesn't look big, he is just solid! He eats very good and doesn't eat sweets AT ALL!!! Genetics has a ton do with it, my sister is 6 feet tall and my bil is like 6'2", neither one of them is really overweight but they aren't skinny either -- I think he is just going to take after them.
G.M. answers from Columbia on August 15, 2008
Take her to the doctor and then get counseling as to how to help her. Whatever you say to her in the wrong way may make things worse. If it's medical then I'm sure something can be done to see where her hormone levels are. If it is just overeating then you need to be firm and limit everyone's intake so she isn't singled out. Make new rules on the food you serve and how much everyone gets. If you all do this together then it will actually help everyone also by eating better foods. Mom you are the one to do this. Obese people get treated differently, sorry to say, and you don't want that for her. Love her enough to use tough love in a loving way. Are you obese, if so how do you feel about yourself?
None of us want to be obese, so we have to confront our dragons and find out why we over eat.
I wish you the best of luck and you have all our support on eating better and enjoying life more, for your whole family.
D.T. answers from Atlanta on August 16, 2008
Eat whole-grain and low-fat food. My daughter was in the 98th percentile for weight at 2 and 3. Now at 4 she is in the 50th. Also pack your daughter's lunch rather than having her eat at school. Most school food is horribly unhealthy. High in calories and no whole grains. Also, make sure she eats a good balance of protein, carbs, and fat. You may want to visit a nutritionist because most people, including me, don't truly understand how to eat healthy.
S.M. answers from Atlanta on August 15, 2008
I have used the Eat Right For Your Type books. The theory is that our blood type is directly linked with how we process foods and what foods are best to process for each type. I have used it as a guide for about 6 years. It offers what foods are highly effective, neutral, and to be avoided. For my body and my daughter's it makes a great difference with weight, immunity, alertness...
Hope this helps!
P.S. Also, my Mom's side has obesity issues, but their issues that come into play are more likely mental processing challenges than genetic ones.
C.H. answers from Atlanta on August 15, 2008
I'm sure everything is fine, but you might want to have her thyroid levels, especially her TSH level, checked by her doctor. It's a simple blood test, but can show if she has Hypothyroidism. There is one type, Hashimoto's disease in which the thyroid starts to malfunction at age 5 and usually is diagnosed around age 10. My son gained 35 pounds in the year between 9 and 10, and our doctor did the test. Other symptoms are cold hands and feet, dry skin and hair, inability to concentrate, and snoring. If your doctor doesn't want to test her, you'll need to see an endocrinologist. The treatment is very simple - they take synthetic thyroid hormone (usually a drug called Synthroid)and the levels are monitored until they reach the right dose. Good luck!