Any suggestions on how to help kids gain weight?

United States
March 16, 2008 4:50pm CST
I was wondering if any of you have any ideas on how to help kids gain weight. My kids love vegetables, fruit and don't like a lot of meat. And I was wondering if anyone has any ideas.
6 responses
• United States
17 Mar 08
Why do you want them to gain weight? I would ask their doctor but if they are really that underweight they will tell you to heap on the fat (butter and whole milk, etc). I never liked that idea--it seems unhealthy. My oldest daughter is almost 8 years old and finally hit 40lbs (with her clothes on) in January. She is so freaking skinny you can see every rib when she is just standing normal (not sucking in her stomach--which we don't ever want to look at because it is just...ick with seeing every bone--it is very freaky). She eats mostly veggies, too. She like chicken and fried fish and hamburgers but not much else. She is a carb junkie, though, I think to keep up with her high metabolism. She could eat pasta and rice or french fries every day, all day. She wears a 6slim pants but they are so big in the waist I have to use a safety pin to keep them up or get adjustable ones and take them all the way in. I refuse to load her up on fat. She is already having weight issues. She is afraid to eat anything she heard me describe as fattening because she doesn't want to get fat (she sees me at 240lbs and thinks that will happen over night or something). I just make sure she eats healthy and teach her good choices and to not eat like I do or she will be fat. I hope I'm getting through. My 5yo daughter is 38lbs and my 2yo is 24lbs. I just have small girls, I think. My son is 6 and weighs more then all of them--he's 53lbs which is average for his age and height. I would just make sure they eat healthy--some meat or other protein, lots of fresh fruit and veggies and good carbs (my kids love the whole wheat pastas with a little sauce). Our society is way to obsessed with weight anymore--it is crazy.
• United States
17 Mar 08
You make me feel better too. My five year old is like 31 pounds but yet my three and a half year old is 36 pounds. Now he will eat anything that don't run but the five year old she loves fruits vegetables and not meat a lot. She does love steak and chicken but would rather have healthy stuff. Whish is good. I mean both of them love fruits and veggies but that would be there preference over anything else. And their doctor's say that they are healthy but like the Health Department makes a big deal out of it. Like I don't feed them. Which both can talk and I think they would tell the people if this were the case but it's not. When I was 10 I weighed 48 pounds. Thank you for a great response.
• United States
17 Mar 08
Yeah kids change their tune a lot on things. Last week I did seafood and my daughter ate three crab cakes so last night I decided that was what I wanted us to have and all the sudden she doesn't eat those anymore. LOL
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
16 Mar 08
i have four children though all of them are teens already. during the times when they are toodlers they eat a lot of veggies, fruits but eat only chicken and fish. they dont eat pork or beef meat. they are thin but energetic and does not get sick freguently like other kids do. i think gaining weight depends on the structure of the childs body. up to now my children are all slim though they eat a lot. welcome to mylot susan and happy posting
• United States
17 Mar 08
My children don't get sick a lot either and they have 10 times more enrgy than me. I am just sick of people saying"She's tiny". I mean the doctors say she's healthy. I was small like her. I mean when I was 10 I remember that I weighed 48 pounds. The teaches always thought this was a big deal. Thank you. You made me feel better.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
17 Mar 08
well then you need not to worry. not because your child is tiny now that means she will be like that forever. we all have different body structures. if someone tells me that my child is tiny i just smile and tell that my child is tiny but perfect for me. wink wink
@MsEddie86 (236)
• United States
17 Mar 08
my daughter use to be the same way, she actually loves chicken i started puttin the same seasonings in all of the meats i cook so that way she can get sort of the same taste when it first hits her tongue. she knows it different meat because of how it looks and smells ( yes my daughter smells everything before she eats it) but that is true about the smoothie place though i live in north carolina and we have a planet smoothie place that has all of the same things too. i actually as a grown up have weight problems my doctor has told me it wouldnt hurt me to gain about 20 pounds and i've tried so hard but i'm guessing weight gain jus isnt for me, i'm 21 5'1 weighing in at 105 lbs do you have any suggestions for an adult needing to gain weight.and i've had a baby but thatweight fell off when i was nursing her.
• United States
17 Mar 08
My weight fell off when nursing too. I am 5'3" and 122 right now. After my son was born and nursing I was 102 pounds. I feel as though I am overweight. I would say that Weight Gain stuff from the health stores. I really do not know a lot. I have tried to fatten up my boyfriends mother and nothing works. She is 65 years old is 5'2" and weighs 86 pounds. All she will eat is sweets, potatoe chips, cokes, and junk. This causes most people to gain weight but not here and Ensure makes her puke. I would eat a lot of meat though. And bread, and potatoes. I wish you lots of luck on this. Oh yeah try lots of milk and ,milkshakes. Use sugar free ice cream and fruits and milk. Whole milk has a lot of fat in it. I have been trying the milkshakes for the past two weeks. And they won't drink much, they would if they come from McDonalds though!!LOL
• United States
17 Mar 08
My daughter is a very picky eater. She only eat pizza, teriyaki chicken, hotdog, ramen noodles, cereal and a handful of fruits. She is very tall for her age (she is 3 but many think she is 5 or 6) and I think she is skinny. But I think it is in the genes because my husband was so lanky too while growing up. I worried how she will get her much needed nutrition but the doctor said she is ok. I sometimes supplement her with Pediasure and make sure she drinks plenty of water. My only assurance is that she can tell me she is hungry and knows what she wants to eat. If your children are skinny don't worry as long as they have lots of energy to play and bounce around. They may have high metabolism rate than other children.
• United States
17 Mar 08
They definately have plenty of energy to play and bounce around. Sometimes they seem so hyper that I feel like they are bouncing off walls.LOL They may have a high metabolism. I did. I was so lanky. Tall and skinny. Now I am short and fat. LOL
@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
17 Mar 08
you can actually give them either pedisure or ensure, depending on how old the children are. that is what i give my two year old because she doesn't eat enough food during the day and it actually not only helps in gaining weight but it also makes it to where they are getting the right nutritions as well. good luck and God bless
• United States
17 Mar 08
They will not drink this but I wonder if I like add a little sugar free ice cream and make it like a milkshake if they will drink it. It might work.
• United States
25 Mar 08
If the doctor says your daughter is healthy, I wouldn't worry about it. The school drove me nuts talkng about my daughters ribs showing and her backbone showing. She was fine! She never had colds and stuff like most kids. She was really healthy. I did give her children's vitamins, though. She was always a chicken and veggie lover, too. I knew she was eating plenty, she just was so active she worked it off! lol And when she was older, she filled out fine. I did try giving her shakes at night...made with ice milk and Ovaltine. She loved those. I went through the same thing. My parents thought I must have some horrible disease because I was so small and thin. I turned out to be 5'3", same as my Mom. The doctor told them I was fine and just told my Mom to give me a multivitamin. Schools and the health department need to leave it alone and let the pediatrician in charge!