Overweight Child

Updated on July 14, 2010
B.G. asks from Jackson, TN
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I have a 7 year old daughter who weighs 90 pounds. She is tall for her age, which is a little why she is oveweight, but she also is very round. She doesn't just sit in the kitchen and eat, eat, eat. She eats a well balanced diet. I am going to get her an appointment with a nutritionist to see what else we could do. Also, she is very active in soccer and t-ball. She is the only one in our family overweight. My son is 5 and he is so skinny that you can count his ribs. I can't buy him jeans without the adjustable waist because he is so skinny.
Anyway,
My question is, I am having a very difficult time finding her clothes. I know that Target carries plus size jeans, but shirts and dresses are near impossible to find. I need help where to find clothes to fit a larger size girl.

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We went to JC Pennys over the weekend. They do have a great selection of plus sized clothes for girls! Thanks everyone.

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K.

answers from Nashville on

Gymboree has plus sizes if you order them online, also Gap has larger sizes online. Hope that helps !!

K.

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T.B.

answers from Nashville on

hello my son had that problem for a while when we was young he is 15 and very skinny now. I one day foughnt him clothes at jc penny they seem to carry plus sizes for bigger children hope thats helps and of course you can look on internet at there web site.
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M.R.

answers from Jackson on

Jc Penny's carry plus size clothes. You might want to get a catalog for a bigger selection.

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D.S.

answers from Jackson on

Hello... I know exactly what you are going through, because I too have an overweight 13 year old. We buy all of her jeans at Holidays and most of her shirts we get from K-Mart. Most of the stores only have plus sizes that look like older womens clothes, but K-Mart does have t-shirts that have disney and cartoon characters on them in their plus size area. Also check out the boys/mens dept. Some of her t-shirts she got from that area as well. As for dresses, I have not been able to find any dresses for her. The ones that I find that fit are so long that they almost hit the ground. We did get her some skirts from Cato Plus last year. They have a nice selection of Plus Size jeans and skirts too.

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M.B.

answers from Tuscaloosa on

JC Penney usually has a good selection of plus sizes.
Thanks
M.

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S.

answers from Nashville on

Goodys, JC Penneys and sometimes Old Navy will carry plus or half sizes.

Good luck!

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C.M.

answers from Nashville on

I had just ready your request a bit ago, and I had noticed that Old Navy.com carries plus size clothes for little girls. Thought you may be interested. Good Luck!!!

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C.H.

answers from Tuscaloosa on

JC Penny carries "Husky" Girls sizes....

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T.G.

answers from Birmingham on

Hi B., I have a niece who also had this problem.We also shopped JcPenneys.I have noticed that many little girls expand around this age and when I spoke to my friend ,who is a nurse, was told that it has a lot to do with the hormones being injected into foods.You may want to try more organic foods.Hope this helps.

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D.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

I have a very active daughter and she too has issues with her weight. We went to an endocrinologist and found out she has insulin resistance. No matter how much she "exercizes" she doesn't lose weight. She is however very fit. Her blood pressure and heart rate are great. She is more conditioned than girls that are much smaller than her. We noticed that she was much taller and heavier than girls her own age (started in kindergarten. she is now a sophmore) and thought it was a pituitary tumor. Not so. Thank God! She started taking medication for the insulin resistance and hasn't really changed in her size, Might want to get that checked out.

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A.P.

answers from Birmingham on

We've got the same problem. She's not fat, just kind of chubby around the tummy. We didn't have any problems till she started kindergarten, which kind of shocked me. I figured she would have more excercise moving from preschool into regular school, but maybe not. We actually had to move up a size just to get around the belly. We've found a few things at Walmart and consignment shops, more variety. Also, Old Navy worked very well for us on jeans and things.

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E.Q.

answers from Biloxi on

I know that you didnt ask about her weight and what may be the issue but i thought you might need to know that lots of factors are included in some over weight kids ,not just them eating a lot! She may have an underactive thyroid....That tends to make u gain weight and slow up your matabolism(sp?) and Make her keep the weight on depite what she eats or even how much activity she does! I was diagnosed with that right after i had my daughter I was having the hardest time losing the weight and i was working out and eating a very healthy calorie concious diet! So they put me on a medication and with in weeks i had more energy and I was losing the pounds that i had been trying so hard to lsoe! So maybe when you talk to her doctor bring that up thye will do a simple blood test to check it and if she does have it it will be a breeze to fix! Good luck hun i hope everything works out with your daughter!

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L.A.

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Hi B. - Limited Too carries some plus sizes and JCPenney, plus you may want to go ahead and move up to junior sizes (Abercrombie for example) and just hem everything. The bigger the deal that you make of your daughter's weight, the worse it will be for her. Don't give her a complex just because you are concerned. Find out the healthy things she likes to eat and keep your cabinets and fridge stocked with them...cheese sticks, apples w/low-fat peanut butter, celery sticks with peanut butter & raisins, low-fat yogurt, pretzel sticks, any kind of fresh fruit, etc. Substitute all sugar drinks in your house for flavored water, Crystal Light and sugar-free sodas (my teenager really likes Sierra Mist Zero). The fact that she is active is a complete bonus...at least she is not a couch potato. Keep her enrolled in physical activities and she will grow out of the chubbiness. My daughter, although never fat, was 70 lbs. at 7 yrs. old. She is now 5'8" and weighs 140 and is an incredible athlete (dancing, cheerleading, track). My niece was much heavier at 7 (probably like your daughter) and she is slowly but surely losing her baby fat now that she is nine (and probably still 90 lbs.) The only thing you should do about the doctor is at her yearly physical, ask the doctor to do a thyroid test (you daughter does not know what a thyroid test is so need to talk in front of her about her weight). Make sure your daughter feels that you love her EXACTLY the way she is (the worst thing you can do is make her feel she is not good enough) and help her to feel beautiful with nice clothing and cute hair cuts. Her self-esteem will eventually improve and so will her weight.

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E.I.

answers from Dothan on

I am so sorry. I know this is tough. My cousin wore a plus size for a while when she was your daughters age...and I know how tough it was for my step-aunt and my grandmother to find her age appropriate clothing. But here are some great alternatives:

Although JC Penney and Old Navy have great jeans...especially Arizona Brand from JC Penny...some of their clothing can be a bit "old" for a seven year old.

Kellys Kids runs really generous. (Example: my daughter is six, and wears a 6/7 but she can still wear a Kellys Kids size 5/6 in somethings...especially elastic waist.) They are online at www.kellyskids.com and have wonderful age appropriate selections. Although some of it may seem expensive...it wears EXTREMELY well. (Great for resale on consignment.) Another, is LLBean. They have great stuff and school uniforms as well. You can also check Parisians, McRae's, and Macys. They are great department stores with some age appropriate selection. You may also check the childrens place. They had some things the other day that looked like they would fit your daughter due to the fact they were capris, leggings with skirts, etc. Very cute!

And I like e-bay to find unusual selections. Many people sell wholesale things there, that you can get new with tags, and at a great price.

As for your son...I had that problem last year with my son...I loved Arizona (JC Penney) pants for him. They always seemed to work!!! And Gymboree.

Good luck in your search!

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Y.G.

answers from San Antonio on

I have a 6 year old neice that is 108 bls and my sister and I make most of her colthes. I'm working on maybe making a line of summer shorts, tops and skirts. I'm working sizes. email me for more info at [email protected]____.com

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B.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

B.,
I am a Family Success Coach. I am reading some old posts just following up to see what they results were of the advice.
Are you happy with the results that your daughter has had in the past year?

Or are you still looking for a n answer?

B.
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