Chubby children

@sunshine4 (8709)
United States
July 26, 2007 7:07pm CST
I took my 7 yr old daughter to the doctors office today for her checkup. She is in the 95th percentile in height for her age. She is off the chart for her weight~ yikes!! She is 4 ft 3 inches and weighs 74 pounds. I know that she is a bit chubby, but really wasn't too concerned about it since she is only 7. She drinks only water and runs outside all day when she isn't in the pool swimming around. The doctor told me that I needed to watch what she is eating. I felt so bad! My son was a chub when he was little and now that he is 15 he is sooo skinny I thought that my daughter would slim down like him. Any suggestions on what I can start making for her without her thinking that she is on a diet. The doctor said to watch the fat intake and we do that in general anyways for the whole family. I feel so bad~
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@subathra (3519)
• India
31 Jul 07
Even i was a chubby kid till 6 years.Now iam 27 yrs old and seeking tips to look little chubby.she is only 7 yrs and like your son she may also loose weight when she grows up.since you have mentioned she is not eating too much then why to worry..sometimes these doctors make parents worry mentioning something like this.Anyway you can keep a check on her weight after 10 yrs or so..
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I am trying to just change our whole families eating styles to being a bit healthier. I am not too worried but I don't want her to have to deal with weight issues her whole life.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
30 Jul 07
Sounds like my situation here also- My daughter is 10 and is 5 foot 3 inches tall- So tall for her age- but also a bit chunky—only in the tummy- the rest of her is slim- She is starting to lose the chub—we exercise a lot more- plus she is growing taller and into her body- I push a lot of fresh veggies and fruits- snacks- We eat a lot of salad with dinners- first before the main meal—that way she is kind of full- actually for all of us- Healthy eating and portions are a big thing for my family- I’m hoping this helps!
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I just got back from shopping and was very consious about what I bought. I purchases some of those 100 calorie snacks for when she is wanting something during the day and doesn't want fruit. I think that this will be good for all of us also...healthy can only be good for us.
@tuffy999 (794)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
don't worry she is still young, as long as she takes healthy food and not so much sweets she will be fine.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
27 Jul 07
This summer I just cut out buying all the chips for snacks are replaced them with veggies and fruits. Now I will look for something to replace the other sweets....I know they have 100 calorie snacks out, I think I need to go purchase them.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
27 Jul 07
This is always a tricky problem with kids because some really are overweight and some are just "bigger". My oldest daughter is 11 1/2. She was always chubby as a little girl but I never worried about it. Now the school checks BMI's and told me she is "at risk" for being over weight and only one percentage point from being classified as "overweight". She's 4'9" ish (she's growing tall so fast it's hard to keep up) and 121 pounds. I can absolutely agree that she's bigger than other girls her age BUT she's not flabby or anything. She's very active and "solid". She's not into eating junk food and rarely stops moving. We enrolled her in Curves just to give her one more thing to do. I would say that whatever you do should depend on your daughter and how YOU feel about her size. Since you generally eat healthy anyway then I doubt there's much you need to change about her diet. If you want to change anything STRESS that it's for the HEALTH of the whole family. The last thing you want is for her to end up with a bad image of her body over this. She sounds really active too so extra exercise probably isn't necessary either. Trust your gut on this and don't let the doctor's suggestions get to you too much. Children come in all different sizes and that isn't always a bad thing!
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I love the advice you gave me foxyfire33. The doctor did mention that the schools will be starting with the BMI and it targets kids like my daughter because she is very close to the cut off point. I am trying not to even let my daughter know we are changing things because I don't want this to cause her to have a bad self-image. I grew up a bit chunkier than my sister and she always called me fat. I am now 5ft 4in and weigh 144 and feel fat all the time. I think that it is because I grew up with someone calling me fat all the time. I don't want her to feel like I did.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
27 Jul 07
I wouldn't be too concerned, i had a friend in the UK who was told her infant was over-weight - OMG! How can something that cant really get exercise be over weight? My SIL was also told her 4 year old daughter was over weight but she's only 4. I think they just try harder these days to get parents to stick with a healthy lifestyle because the number of over-weight & obese people out there (especially kids) that it's getting a bit ridiculous. I always cook our food in the oven or grill, i always oven bake chips/fried so they don't get full of fat, my daughter loves veggies so i give them to her as often as i can :) I guess, you could cut back on treats & do rewards instead - toys, dolls etc, maybe if you can, try the diet things, like low fat ice cream, low fat milk, i know it's not a lot of fun but they do taste just as good these days, she wouldn't know the difference! I hope that helps :)
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I am trying to figure out what else I can do because I always bake or grill too. I never use oil, just pam spray. It a side dish calls for butter, I skip adding it. We drink 1% milk and my daughter eats tons of carrots, cucumbers and fruits. I guess I have to stop the once a week Burger King and the donut shop. Those were the special treats. I guess that I need to start on th elowfat ice cream. Thanks for the ideas.
@Angela07 (202)
• United States
27 Jul 07
what you should do is go visit the the doctor ..The one that gives the dietary plans and such .And also sign her up for some sports she likes...Or something that keeps her active and something that she likes....
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
27 Jul 07
She is involved in gymnastics, kickball and swimming. She is running around all the time. I might look into a nutritionist. I have been doing weight watchers for years and she eats what I eat so I know that she is eating pretty healthy for the most part.