How does a child lose weight?

Fat kid - fat kid
United States
July 27, 2007 7:32pm CST
My daughter is 6 years old and she is over weight and I know some of it is my fault because I let her eat what ever. Now I am watching what she eats but she sometimes she sneaks food or hounds me for hours for food. What can I do? She needs to lose weight. It is hard for her to go up the stairs. How can I get her to eat good food amd less. How can I stop her from hounding me for food?
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
30 Jul 07
You need to stop giving in, at 6 she's a little old to be getting away with being demanding like that :) I think you should make sure there is no junk food in the house, that way, she cant sneak off with any of it. Also, take her to the park & out for walks as often as possible, she needs exercise & i guess she's not getting much of that either. Try & get her involved in a sport, preferably a group activity that her friends are involved in as well - it might help her to want to do it. You could also try giving her outdoor time, no more hours in front of the TV, make her go outside & play in the sun, the fresh air & sun will do her good. Try things like skipping ropes, trampolines & stuff like that too - any exercise - even enjoyable stuff will help with your situation :)
• Australia
28 Jul 07
I feel that it it is important to promote healthy eating in childen, but also active exercise. You can help your daughters situation out by: 1.Ordering a healthy lunch from the school canteen- Dont give her the money or lunch bag with the money in it-you must personally deliver the lunch bag to the teacher-otherwise your daughter may take the money out of the lunch bag and using the money to buy unhealth choices of her own accord /desire. 2.Make her a healthy lunch-ask your daughter to give you some ideas as to what she would like on her lunches-explain to her that you are worried about her health and would like to see her heat more healthier food-give her choices-for example if she says that she wants a hot dog - say to her you can have a hot dog but with salad or a salad with frankfurt pieces -which do you prefer? 3.Discourage/Limit Soft Drinks Soft Drinks are bad for kids as they cause tooth decay encurage obesity due to the amount of sugar in them, hypo activeness resulting in poor concerntration in class and Acid burning in the stomach from continual consumption.My suggestion is if your daughter wants softdrinks - dilute them with water - testing them to make sure that there is still a hint of flavour- or change to water,soda water or flavoured soda water(Diet soft drinks are preffered). Better still find natrual juices that contain no artifical additives or preservatives- do not go and buy ribena- their claim to contain a certain percentage of fruit juice is untrue....its been tested. 4.Discourage snacks in your familys kitchen cupboard- Healthy snacks such as fruit and veges are ok but things like lollies and chips aint helping your'e daughter-so don't buy these in the groceries. 5. Avoid pasteries and fast foods- High in carbohydrates which is good for active kids but also high in fat which is bad if they consume it regularly. 6.Promote Active Exercise - find an activity which your daughter will like and encourage your daughter to join/participate. try to find an activity that you and your daughter will both like. Enforce the rule that only healthy food is allowed-dont give into your daughters request-it may cause relationship problems this way but one day your daughter will eventually see that what you are doing for her is right.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
28 Jul 07
I am NO expert but I would maybe if she hounds you for food, give her fruit and get her outside doing some exercise, go for a walk with her or toss a ball together...
• India
28 Jul 07
Hi!I feel you have started worrying a little too early as your daughter is only 6 years old, probably because being figure-conscious is in the air esp with girls. Nevertheless, I suggest you put her in SWIMMING CLASSES, & see to it that she swims an hour atleast everyday.Do not stop her from eating anything.You are bound to see amazing results within 2 months time.If she joins even DANCING[depending on her interest], it will act like topping up with CREAM. ALL THE BEST & GOD BLESS!! www.creatingcolourfulfuture.com
@archy22 (132)
• India
28 Jul 07
The only thing you need to do is, control her diet. Children will not be able to control themselves from eating junkies, since they are more tastier than healthy foods. Hence it is totally in your hands to control her diet. You can prepare decorative delicious nutritious foods at home. Kids not only are attracted by the taste of the foods but also the way you decorate the food they eat matters a lot!
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
28 Jul 07
It will likely be a slow and painful process for each of you! Change doesn't come easily, especially if she has grown up being able to eat what she wants, when she wants! If it isn't in the house, the temptation and desire will melt down a bit. Gradually, she will quit craving so much. Try shopping TOGETHER for new and less caloric treats and food. Let her learn how to read the labels on food, and make it a 'scavenger hunt' to find things that have a '0' for transfat, and things with less than a certain number in the fat column etc. Find a new and fun way each day to get in 30 minutes of exercise TOGETHER. For instance, see who can jump rope the longest (and of course you must suddenly develop two left feet and not be as good as she is!). Make it a game to see who can walk the length of the driveway and back the most times (or some other length). Go to a park together and throw frisbees! Get her and you some inline skates and learn together...she will get a kick out of being better than you! (and of course, you must make sure she is!) When a commercial comes on TV...see who can march in place through the whole commercial without stopping! ANYTHING can be made into exercise...and calorie burning!!!
@nokia6233 (937)
• India
28 Jul 07
well i would suggest to teach her to plan her eatinng habits and teach about the adverse effects of getting fat and make her aware of the situation....
@vinzen (1022)
• India
28 Jul 07
I don't think it is your childs fault, and yes we parents are to be blamed for this, as we have set them on such diets which now for them to leave off suddenly is difficult. Don't expect miracles from her. It will not be possible for her to give up all the junk food all of a sudden, and shes hounding you, because she must be hungry and wondering as to why all of a sudden shes not getting what shes always got.I would suggest that you take her into confidence, and talk and explain things lovingly to her. I am sure that she will understand and gradually slow down and change her diet. Another sugesstion will be to go along with her, like a friend, and change your diet along with hers, exercise along with her, so that she doesnt feel lonely.
• India
28 Jul 07
thanks ,but I want to know how to maintain the normal health,If any one can suggest any idea ,then I wel come them....No doubt I am consulting doctor ...But no satisfing result from that side...so I wants your help
@gloria777 (1678)
• India
28 Jul 07
Just avoid junk food and aerated drinks. This is the first step to prevent obesity.
• India
28 Jul 07
just customize her food habbits,add gree vegetables in her diet,involve her mind in activities like swimming,cycling,so tht she cud forget the food issue and involve in outdoor activites,take care
• Philippines
28 Jul 07
Does she eats because shes hungry or the food tastes good? She maybe telling you that she is hungry to trick you of feeding her. Try this: Portion food on the table- do not leave heap of food on the table instead try to serve it ala carte style. Give everybody the right amount of food in their plate. do not leave ready to eat food on the fridge. minimize leftovers and keeping food on the fridge. Keep sweets away for a while. Keep fruits easy to reach for more fiber and they are much better than junk foods. More movement or play for the child. the more she moves the more she burns. Dancing is a good way to loose weight. try to dance 30 mins a day and keep hydrated with water avoid sweet juices for a while. Lastly never be afraid to say no and mean it... Good luck!
@tuffy999 (794)
• Philippines
28 Jul 07
keep her busy, like enrolling her in dance class or get her into sports.
• United States
28 Jul 07
All I can recommend is exercise and a strict diet.
@zavansky (57)
• United States
28 Jul 07
First see my response to your other question in regards to diet. Then make sure you are having fun with her to keep her active. Take her for nature walks and find how many types of leaves you can find, or get her a personal trampoline, or kick a ball around at the park, or play tag. You get the idea. Make the exercise fun and she will look forward to it. As for the food, also have low calorie foods that are free foods that she can eat whenever she wants, such as celery, carrot sticks, ect. (no dip though) and then if she wants other food she can wait until meal times when you are in charge of what is served. Then make sure dinner is healthy. (I've heard the best diet is to make the plate 1/2 vegies or fruit, 1/4 meat or protien and 1/4 carbs (bread, pasta, potatoes, ect). It's easier than counting calories.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I think that the easiest way to help a child loose weight and eat less is to not have all the snacks around the house that she is use to eating. I have just started replacing all the chips and cookies and goodies that I use to buy with friuts and veggies. That way when my kids want a snack, their only option is eating something healthy for them. Also, take her outside and play some games with her. Get her moving~ don't let her sit around and watch tv or whatever, get her outside for some exercise. It won't happen over night, but with consistency, she will end up being healthier.
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Get her active. That's the most important part. She can only lose so much on diet change alone. Take walks with her, start out going up the street and back. Once she gets used to that, work on getting around the block or something like that. Get her a bike and go bike riding. As for her sneaking food, you might need to lock away or get rid of any sweets and snacks. It might also be a good idea to lock (or put an alarm on) the fridge. Or, stock the fridge with nothing but fruits and veggies, things that are good for her. If what she's "sneaking" is celery sticks and baby carrots, that's a lot better than it being Hostess cupcakes, no?