children dieting?

@krupar5 (287)
United States
September 21, 2012 9:01pm CST
Hello friends, I was wondering how many of you agree for young children to diet? I have a 6 year old daughter that is a little bigger then most children her age. She is almost as tall as my 8 year old son and weighs more then him. Anyways, today she came home from school upset and said she needs to go on a diet. She said kids at school are saying she is fat and picking on her. I know she is a big girl, but I do not think that dieting at such a young age is the way to go. I told her she is beautiful and does not need to go on a diet, but that we will eat healthier and reduce our sugar intake. I disapprove of using the word 'diet" for such a young child because I do not want her to have a poor or low self esteem and body image. I also told her that the kids who are teasing her are bullying her and that it is not okay and I will take care of that also. So friends, what do you think?
15 responses
@ShyBear88 (59306)
• Sterling, Virginia
22 Sep 12
I agree with you a young child shouldn't diet at all. If your child's pediaterion isn't worried about her weight then she has nothing to worry about. Yes those kids teasing her are bullies and that she is prefect that way she is. We where made the way we were suppose to look even if that means we are bigger then other girls our age every bodies is bodies is different and we are meant to look different we all looked the same then we would be one of a kind. No one will ever be like her she is unique in her way. Cutting out certain things like yes sugar is good keeping natural sugars are better for anyone.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
22 Sep 12
Hi Shybear, I also feel the same way. We do watch what she eats and makes sure that she is active. We have had her in a get fit program for 2 years now and she still hs not chnged that much. She is off the chart in height for her age and just above the line for weight but her pediatrician is not concerned. I just thought it was so sad to hear her say she is fat. Thanks for reading
@ShyBear88 (59306)
• Sterling, Virginia
23 Sep 12
My daughter is only 20 months old and she underweight. She is just like me a skinny Minnie we can't do anything to gain weight. We have both are on high protein diets which was. Some times it takes a while to gain or even lose weight. Muscle way more then fat themselves so when dieting doctors factor those in as a children get older how act they are or are not. I've always been underweight as a child but every doctor I've had they know I was a very active person. I believe I'm sure you do too that she is perfectly healthy and in the norm for her age even if she is slightly a bit over weight. You are right she should ignore those other girls because you know what one day Karma will get them for them being mean.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
26 Sep 12
Her pediatrician knows she is active and said that she is alright. She will let me know when and if it becomes a problem I do not know what else to tell her about the bulying except to tell her to ignore them. I also let her know it is because they are jealous or insecure.
@mikyung (2232)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
I agree in placing a child in a diet. Maybe there should be a plan, and it depends on the condition of the child. If he or she is almost obese, I must put him or her in a strict diet, with the help of a doctor or nutritionist. I believe this practice may be carried until he or she got older. The diet module should be place it in a play like environment, so he or she can adopt and accept it easily. Also, in order to avoid such several diseases like heart diseases, diabetes and even cancer. It really pays to be wise and healthy nowadays. Thanks
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
22 Sep 12
I agree that if a child is obese that we need to watch what they are eating. As parents it is our job to make sure they have a nutritous meal and snack.My daughter is not obese and her pediatrician is not concerned but to have her say she needs to go on a diet because of her peers is heartbreaking. My question to you is if they are young would you use the word diet to them? I am afraid that if she thinks she needs to diet because of what the other kids are saying she will have a poor self image.
@mikyung (2232)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
I would never use that word either. But I think, his or her intake should be controlled and not label it as "diet". If it works for him/her, the better. I don't want to see him or her crying because of his/her peers. Thanks
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
24 Sep 12
Kids can be so cruel and I told her that everyone grows differently. I expressed that as long as she stays active and eats healthy she will be fine. The pediatrician is not concerned by her weight and I am not either. I just hope she knows that she isn't fat. She is healthy and just looks bigger because she is so tall. I do sgree that if she would need to watch her weight then controling her portion sizes would be the best thing to do.
@violann (436)
• United States
22 Sep 12
Well if you think about we are all on diets per say. what does our diet consist of? We all need to balance what we eat with some type of exercise. I pretty much eat what I want, but then what I usually want are things that are good for me, like fruits veggies etc. Don't get me wrong I eat my fair share of goodies both salty and sweet and I don't much care to exercise, but I do like to go for walks so that's my exercise. And it's ok to eat several times a day, just make sure what you're eating isn't going to put the weight on you especially if you have a low metabolism. Eat slowly that way you know when you're full and you'll use up what you eat.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
27 Sep 12
LOL I guess you are right! We are all dieting. I can use that to explain it to my child. Perhaps she will not feel so bad when she hears that. Thank you!
@Tam1204 (59)
• United States
22 Sep 12
No one should diet. Anyone, young or old can lose or maintain weight with simply eating healthy. Limit sugary foods, fatty foods, high calorie-low nutritional value foods. You should also increase your activity level. When you change your diet, you body thinks something is wrong and adjusts your metabolism to compensate. You might be taking in less calories, but your body sees it as deprivation of something and it will adjust to not use as much energy. If you increase your activity, it keeps that balance that is needed to lose or maintain a certain weight. I lost 75 pounds with this method, One easy way to do it make your food colorful. In other words, if it is white in color, eat very little. If it is green, red, etc. Eat more. Eat grilled or baked meats in place of fried. And get up and move. I walked everyday, at leasta mile, but usually two. As far as the bullying, that is going to happen regardless. It needs to be dealt with accordingly. Always encourage your child to build that self esteem.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
24 Sep 12
i agree that changing your lifestyle is the way to lose weight. i feel that to many people think being skinny is the way you have to be. we need to start teaching that being healthy is what is important. my daughter is bigger but is healthy. she is active in baseball and a get fit programn and now we started yoga. her pediactrician is not concerned as she knows what she does. thank you though for all the informaton you provided as it was helpful and congrats on your weight loss. that is something to be proud of!!
@iBizkut (80)
• United States
22 Sep 12
Don't put her on a specific diet plan those can be harmful for children because the calorie intake and nutrition they need. Instead fix her diet. The way she eats daily. Take into consideration her age and height. Children normally need to take in more calories because they're still growing and and look into healthy food. Meaning going wheat instead of white bread. Natural sugared foods instead of processed snacks that claim to be "healthy". Also make sure she has plenty of exercise. A child her age should be playing outside at LEAST two hours a day or have 30 minutes of active things to do. (: Good luck with this my own little sister is now 11 and is very conscious about what she eats BUT is very healthy for her age.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
24 Sep 12
my daughter is also healthy and active. her pediatrician is not concerned about her weight. we keep active by doing yoga and she is in a get fit program as well as playing baseball. i just think it was a shame that because she is bigger and taller then her peers she felt she has to diet. we need to teach them that being skinny is not the same as being healthy.
• United States
24 Sep 12
Well if her pediatrician isn't concerned then she will probably just grow into her body when she gets older(: You never know she might be one of those really attractive ones in high school then you'll really have to worry :P EXACTLY! Because skinny people can have many health issues too and not be "fit".
22 Sep 12
dieting for children is not good.nowdays children concern is related to fashion all the time. but dieting affects their health. dieting makes prone to diseases.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
27 Sep 12
I agree with you. The fashion and what is portrayed on t.v. is harming children's image. They think that they need to be skinny to be beautiful and it is a shame if someone is a bit bigger. Children and adults are all shapoed differently and for kids that young to tease each other is truly a shame. I agree that dieting is not healthy for anybody.
@dorannmwin (36392)
• United States
22 Sep 12
Like your daughter, my daughter is a big girl as well. She is going to be ten years old this year and she is only about eight inches shorter than I am and she inherited my tendency to be on the hefty size. She has actually told me that she wanted to go on a diet since she was five years old. However, I don't think that is something that is acceptable for a child her age as she is still growing and needs more nutrients. Instead, we are all trying to do exercises together more often and we are trying to eat more fruits and vegetables. I don't even buy any sweet snacks for our home any more.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
24 Sep 12
Good foy you and your family. I agree that having them be active and watching what they eat is better then having them say they need to go on a diet. Kids need to eat so they grow and limiting the sugars and snacks are the best way to maintain a healthy life. I hope you are succeeding in your family activities. i have started to do yoga with my daughter instead of doing it alone. It helps keep us fit and bond. Good Luck!
@almond24 (1248)
• Hungary
22 Sep 12
I think it's wrong to put children on a diet. Many kids like sweets and junk food though, so starting to eat more heathy definitely helps. But otherwise if she is not obese just this is how her body is built, it makes no sense. I was taller and heavier than my classmates too and they criticized me a lot too. I even ate less than them. Later when I was a teenager I tried to lose weight, but when I reached a weight that was perfect for others, I just looked skinny and terrible. No, it's not a solution. I would just encourage her to be active and eat healthy, and let her know that she is good the way she is.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
24 Sep 12
I agree that some people carry their weight differently. She is healthy and beautiful. Her doctor is not concerned and I just keep telling her that someday the other kids,especially boys will be taller and maybe bigger then her. I just tell her that we just continue what we are doing and that someday the other kids will catch up. We have added yoga to our fitness now. I also told her that kids can be mean and that she needs to ignore them because she is beautiful no matter what.
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• Indonesia
22 Sep 12
I think diet is not proper for children. She is currently in its infancy. Maybe you can give your daughter a grasp that diet is not a good idea for her. You can help her in controlling what she eats, do not give allowance for the pocket money because she can buy herself a wide range of snacks that are not healthy and contain high cholesterol levels. You should make provision for school and do not let her just sit at home. Maybe you could include her in dance classes or swimming. One of my nephews are the same age as your daughter is also very fat 2 years ago, but now her weight dropped dramatically after attending dance classes 4 times a week. It seems like a lot of calories reduced in her dance classes.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
24 Sep 12
She is active as we have her registered in a get fit program. She has been doing that for 2 years now and plays baseball also. We also have started doing yoga together so she can see that I also try to stay fit and see that it is not just her. Her pediatrician is not concerned. I just do not want her to think that dieting is okay. I want her to know that she is healthy and to continue to be active and watch what she eats. It was just so disheartening hearing her say she needs to diet.
@BigMoney25 (1286)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
I don't think there's anything wrong with a young person dieting, in fact it would be better for her health and her heart as well. While they are young they need to learn how to discipline themselves about the food that they take so that they can enjoy a healthy lifestyle when they grow.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
24 Sep 12
I think using the word dieting at such a young age is damaging to their self image. I agree that staying healthy and being active is the way to live and teaching them early on is important. I also find it sad that my daughter felt that she has to diet because she is not as skinny and small as her classmate. She is a lot taller then all of them and looks bigger because of it. She is active and we watch what she eats. Her pediatrician has no concern aand either do I. I just think it is a shame that because a child is bigger they think they must diet. The image we are sending to kids seem to be that you need to be skinny. We need to change the thinking to say be healthy.
22 Sep 12
Kids that shows obesity should be on a diet with proper nutrition and discipline on the food intake. I know it would be difficult for me to imposed on this to my kids but I have to explain to them the importance of this process in order to be physically fit and healthy. Likewise they would not be teased by their peers. When I'll start to have diet to my kids I must see to it that I'll buy only food that is best for them. I may now limit some sweets, chocolates, junk foods and any other foods that is best source to become an obese. I'll will also go with them to have an exercise and enjoy what they doing at the same time acquire the desired normal body weight and figure.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
27 Sep 12
I agree that as parents it is our job to ensure our child stays fit and healthy, but even when they are people are not always skinny no matter how active and health conscience they are. I am not concerned that she is bigger because she is active and we do watch what she consumes. It is the teasing she is getting that makes me sad. I do not feel any child should feel that they have to diet. I feel kids that young hearing that word will give them low self esteem and the teasing is hurtful also.
@comike8 (59)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
lol..your daughter is so cute..it mean she's already mature enough so that she's being sensitive of what she hears. It's ok if she's big, otherwise its cute to see your child is healthy and it means that you take care them well. Try to go the Doctor and if she's already obese then she should take dieting.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
24 Sep 12
she is a sweetheart and has always been sensitive. we have taken her to the doctor and she has no concern about her weight.we keep her active and watch what she eats. i just tell her that every body is different and that the kids in her class will grow up also and that some will be bigger then her. thanks for responding!
• Indonesia
22 Sep 12
I don't think it's wrong, even if she's dieting you have to make sure she eat a right amount of nutrious foods with proper vitamins and mineral. I think the stuff that you can limit her to eat is sweets and other junk food. But you have to make sure she would get much of vegetables and fruits, and all the wholesome foods
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
26 Sep 12
We do limit her intake of sugars and we make smoothies with frozen fruit and lite vanilla yogurt I am not worried about her image as I am concerned about the teasing she is getting. It is a shame that society makes skinny people the model look and when kids are young they are still growing. There is so much value on a persons look it is sad that children think they need to be skinny to be pretty.
22 Sep 12
i dont like children going on a diet , it affects their health a lot
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
27 Sep 12
I agree young children should not diet. We just need to advise them into eating healthier and making better choices. I do not ike the word diet.
@asdomencil (4265)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
You are right, they are teasing her because of her build. He might just be larger than her age or any other in her school. I think you just be careful or cautiuos with her diet. As long as she took right amount of nutrients and healthy foods, there's nothing worng with it.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
22 Sep 12
Her doctor is not concerned because she is not obese. She is just very tall and to me healthy. She isn't skinny like most girls in her class and I know it bothers her. She eats well and is active. She plays softball and dances and we have her in a get fit program for 2 years now. I am not worried about her weight I worry about how she sees herself. Thanks for responding.