M.C. asks from Ann Arbor, MI on July 12, 2008
I don't know how seriously I should take this. I took my 3 year old to the doctor yesterday for a well visit and was told that he is overweight. He is 37 inches in height and his weight is almost 39 pounds. The last time we went which was about 6 mos. ago, everything was perfect with weight/height. Now however, the doctor advises that we monitor his diet and increase his physical activity level to prevent obesity. The doctor says his weight is increasing more than his height. My friend tells me that it is probably baby fat and he'll outgrow it during his next growth spurt, so don't read much into it. I don't know how seriously I should monitor this. We are physically active in that we go for walks daily and he plays with his friends and has an hour of soccer once a week. I'm looking for any suggestions you may have. Thank you so much!
So What Happened?™
Since my post about 2 weeks ago, my little guy has grown from 37 inches to 38.5 inches and now his weight has dropped 4 lbs. to 35 lbs.--all a healthy weight for him. I made some changes in his diet--and boy, did that help! Thanks to all of you for your advice. I've learned that I need to be more alert to what I've been feeding him. Thanks again!
N.W. answers from Detroit on July 14, 2008
Until about 3 my son was in the 50-75% for height and 95 for weight. At 3 he was in 95th for both height and weight. He is almost 4 1/2 and is 43inches (or more now) and about 42 lbs. He is perfectly proportioned and healthy. He is VERY active and we eat healthy. My ped always told me as long as the height and weight were no more than 5 % off, the child was not obese/overweight.
I would try not to stress too much... but I would take action. Limit processed foods (mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, etc) and give him as much fruit and veggies as he wants. My son LOVEs fruit. And keep him outside and playing as much as you can. I bet he grows into the weight in then next 6 mos.
M.K. answers from Detroit on July 14, 2008
When my daughter was 2 years old, she weighed 52 lbs. I didn't want to put her on a strict diet, so following the doctor's tips, I controlled what she ate as well as her portions. I also added activities, playdates, and visits to the playground (the mall playground in the winter).
The main goal at the time was to minimize if not stop her weigh gain.
Between meals (especially while making dinner), have fruit (grapes, orange wedges, apricots, apple slices) and vegetables (baby carrots, or cut carrots/celery, cucumber, peppers) cut up and easy to reach.
Minimize the pop, chips, cakes, and sweets to special occasions.
B. answers from Detroit on July 14, 2008
My sister had the same issue with her daughter....the doctor told her to watch her food and increase her physical activity. However, the doctor was very specific about how she should monitor food intake - limit milk to 16 oz. per day, - no more than that is necessary, and limit juice to only 8 oz a day. Also - the doctor recommended that she increase the amounts of fruits and vegetables, while decreasing proteins & processed foods(which my niece ATE tons of!). Needless to say - cut out the junk foods and only offer healthy snacks. Now, my niece is 5 and is no longer overweight - but she is still Big for her size.
M.M. answers from Detroit on July 13, 2008
I think because of the prevelancy of obesity nowadays doctors may be concerned a little faster than usual but with that said you didnt mention what he eats. I would say its very important to not give a child (or an adult for that matter) corn syrup - refined white sugar - enriched flour (turns to sugar has no nutrients) and of course there are trans fats in hydrogenated oils. Those few ingredients it is believed lead to obesity among other things (like hypertension - diabetes etc)
Now for the sad part - those are in almost everything out there :( Its surprising :( So check your ingredients - limit sugar - keep up your healthy lifestyle and see if your little guy isnt just fit and trim!!
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P.L. answers from Detroit on July 13, 2008
I don't know if this will make you feel better my oldest son at a year old weighed 35lbs at 9 months they told me he was to big too walk a week later he was walking. He stayed at 35 lbs until he was 3 1/2 he just kept getting taller then the doctors were concerned because he wasn't gaining. by age 6 he was too thin according to the doctors. He has a habit of getting chuncky looking be for he grows he is almost 6 foot now and lean. no he doesnt play sports he enjoys reading, computers and video games. I felt he needed to do more and the more I pushed the less he wanted to do.
Like everyone else said you know your child if you think he is growing OK then he is. Not everyone fits there cookie cutter molds they are just guidelines and some doctors forget that. Record what he does and eats in a day do this for a week or two than you can prove to the doctor you monitored what he does. Make you decission from there.
N.A. answers from Lansing on July 12, 2008
Babies and toddlers will usually grow out then up. So they will get heavier then get taller.
Ids he outside daily for at least a couple hours of play? How many snacks and what are they. my kids get 3 meals 3 snacks. Some of the snacks are carrots, water melon, frozen fruit, yogurt, granola bars, cheese and cracker ( one thing for each snack, not all of those for a snack) They also drink 1/4 juice mixed with 3/4 water. They are outside for at least 3 hours a day, not all at once...on andd off.
R.W. answers from Jackson on July 13, 2008
Honestly I wouldn't worry over a couple of pounds. Depending on the time of day the appt. was what he had eaten and drank prior to the appt. It is entirely possible that he was just heavier because of what he was attempting to digest.
K.B. answers from Detroit on July 13, 2008
I was just reading and watching a video a couple of days ago about the foods that we eat, and how they contribute to gaining weight. I was watching a video about a food additive that makes us fat- MSG, which is Monsodium Glutamate. You can view this by going to www.godshealingword.org and click on watch videos, then go to MSG- the food additive killer. It is a 4 part series. The first part is about 6 minutes.
Hope this helps.
A.G. answers from Detroit on July 12, 2008
honestly - I'd take it with a grain of salt. Who knows - your son may have a growth spurt in a week and it'll all even out. I really wouldn't make any modifications yet. Just watch and see. If he seemes to continue to put on weight then then I would look into monitoring his diet.
B.M. answers from Detroit on July 14, 2008
Good Morning M C,
I checked his measurements with the chart in the American Pediatric Association book "Caring for your Baby and young child: Birth through 5"--- which is a GREAT resource book to have on your shelf!!-- and it looks like his height is in the 50 percentile, and his weight is above the 95th percentile. Which I don't think is a definate sign that he is on his way to a life of obesity, but maybe just take a fresh look at his eating habits. Is he eating enough fruits and vegetables? Drinking water? Is he eating toddler size portions and stopping when he is full? Or is he eating adult portions and then asking for 2nds and 3rds?
It sounds like he is getting enough exercise. Does he engage in more than 2 hours a day of "media" (watching TV, playing computer games etc.)
Since he is only 3 this is a great time just to double check and make sure that he is learning good lifetime healthy habits. If he is.... keep up the good work! If you notice somethings that maybe contributing to the extra weight, it is much easier to guide a 3 year old to good habits than to break a 13 year old of bad ones!
Good luck! He is so blessed to have a mom who cares so much about his overall health!
S.R. answers from Detroit on July 13, 2008
Hi...there has also been a TON of press lately on childhood obesity and the APA is putting into place a screening for childhood diabetes at well baby visits starting at a year! So with that in mind, I think docs right now are freakin out--probably going to far to one extreme. I bet your son is just great and 10 other docs will tell you that...maybe this ped is particularly sensitive to it due to all the media hype over the new screening procedures.
Best of luck, you sound like you are a super good mama trying to look out for her kiddies!