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CUDA440
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10/22/12 12:57 P

We have set a few rules in the house and my oldest (8) sticks to them. I was so proud to hear that he did it outside of the house as well.

They always want "dessert" after lunch or dinner. But they are limited to 1 piece of candy (halloween, or parade). Or maybe just 1 small cookie.

Snacks after school are: pretzels, animal crackers, goldfish crackers, apple with peanut butter, string cheese, a giant frozen pretzel (heat in microwave 30 seconds) with a slice of cheese on it, granola bar.......

Let her grow into her weight. Just try and see if she can maintain where she is at.

Need to have something at breakfast. Helps get your body going for the day, and your metabolism going.

about a year ago I realized how much 100% juice they were drinking and how much SUGAR they were taking in. We have switched to the Nestle Pure Life Flavored waters. They LOVE them, they now drink these, or water in their water bottles. Pop is limited to ONLY at the movie theater. (which is RARE) My boys do get outside quite a bit. Their favorite thing to do on the nice weekends is to load the bikes and ride bikes on the trail as a family. Soon we will be sledding in the back yard, and playing in the snow, climbing the hills.

Beckie





ANDILH
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10/3/12 12:11 P

How did he determine she is obese? If it was with a BMI chart only, I would take that with a grain of salt. I have a friend who a marathon runner with a 4% body fat who is consider morbidly obese by a BMI chart. Yes, I realize that's for adults, however it applies to children. A child I nanny for is slightly heavy, but not much and his school (who does BMI tests and other things without notifying parents) says he's almost obese. When his dad figured it out (he's a pediatrician) he was barely overweight.
In an effort to get him moving more I have instituted a program for him. We swim twice a week and he has a goal number of laps that when he reaches he gets a prize. His first prize was a movie with TV episodes of which he could only watch 1 at a time (so 22 minutes each). His next prize is a hockey player Lego minifigure. He has to swim 30 laps, 6 of which without a kickboard or flippers.
At 7, it's more important to change how the entire family eats instead of focusing on just her. When I was about 12 my mom made me go to something called Shapedown. It was something that could be extremely helpful had my family participated. Instead I was supposed to do all the work on my own and to this day we remember the experience VERY differently. If it had been a family thing it probably would have worked. Instead I only remember a few snippets of the experience and they're all bad.



CLARK971
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10/1/12 3:35 P

Perhaps try not to have the candy and sweets around. Maybe replace the sweets with fruit?
Maybe some strawberries and a little bit of cool whip for a treat?

Instead of some chips maybe some apple slices dippe din yogurt?

Pay attention to portion size and discourage eating while watching tv or playing viedo games.

I am not a big fan of sugar free foods or diet foods for my kids.

A nutritionist would be helpful. They could help you with guidelines (serving size, calories, nutritients) that a seven year old needs.

Has the doctor ruled out a medical cause?

If you are eating out with her, make sure you look up nutrients to choose the best option.

I think you are taking the right steps to make her healthy! : )



FUNNYGIRLJESS
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9/30/12 9:58 P

My heart goes out to your child...shower her with love and keep telling her beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
that's what got me through my "ugly duck" period...which is what you DON'T tell her she's going through. when she gets down about her looks, remind her that it's common and those who work on it, will see good results in time!

she'll grow out of it one day...sounds like you're a positive role model by already encouraging exercise!
keep up the positivity! emoticon



LREIGLE
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9/30/12 1:01 A

I worry about the same with my 9 year old son! He is a very active in baseball he plays baseball for 5 months and then we go to football for about 3 months! Doesn't eat to unhealthy, no juice or pop! No fried food. I too am at a lose!



BETH_CO
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9/4/12 4:27 P

I was also a very heavy child and I'm fighting obesity as an adult. If your doctor states your child is considered "obese" I would take it very seriously.

My best advice is to make an appointment with a nutritionist. Follow the eating plan they advise and get your daughter more active. Maybe sign her up for gymnastics or other physical activity she might be interested in? As for snacks, definitely stop bringing candy and sweets into the house. Doesn't mean she can't have some from time to time, but she needs to understand that they're an occasional treat not an everyday snack option. Also, focus on building up her self esteem. It's really important for a child that's struggling with their weight to have a positive self image.

Edited by: BETH_CO at: 9/4/2012 (16:27)


GRANDMA0627
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8/26/12 7:19 P

yes...agreed...nutritionist

Edited by: GRANDMA0627 at: 9/5/2012 (10:03)


LUANN_IN_PA
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8/25/12 5:07 P

"Then when she goes home is a streak of candy and sweets. "

Don't bring the candy and sweets into the house. Have healthy choice available to her.


Great advice below!



JOANOFARCTIC
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8/25/12 3:42 P

I was a fat 7 year old, but my parents didn't take it seriously. Now I'm an obese adult.

Below are my thoughts, but you should definitely seek medical advice to have any ideas this thread gives you, validated.

She might not be eating enough at breakfast and lunch - hence inhaling junk food later. Try to teach her about nutritious foods - perhaps the school has a dietician? Or maybe your doctor could suggest someone or a book or something. You should probably change how the whole family eats - keep less junk in the house, cook healthy meals, and everyone will benefit.

It's important, since she's still growing, that she doesn't go on a "diet" per se. I think, although you should get medical advice, that the going wisdom is to have her maintain her weight as she grows taller - essentially get her to "grow into" her weight. She'll need to get active - at least 60 minutes a day of moderate to intense exercise. Weather and time can't be constraints - get her some of those video games that you dance around with. The high energy ones, the dance games. Limit the amount of time she watches TV - I think advertising pizza and junk food can be very detrimental to kids.

Watch what she drinks - it should be mostly water. If she doesn't like it, ice cubes and a fun curly straw might help, or a pretty water bottle. And she should drink lots of water - it's healthy and it helps you feel full. Juice and soda should be severely limited - say, soda at parties only, and then only one small glass. Juice isn't good either - it has vitmain C, but it has lots of calories and no fibre. Get her to eat the fruit instead, the fibre will keep her full longer. Even milk.. you should watch that. Calcium is important but milk has a lot of calories. I know I drank way too much milk as a kid, even skim has as many calories as soda.

Finally, it's also important that she doesn't feel like this is the only thing that matters for her worth as a person - she has to know that you love her no matter what, and that she is beautiful - that in her case it is about health. Don't let her hear you deriding other women by making comments about their weight.

It's easy for kids to get fat these days. We drive them everywhere and we don't let them play outside unsupervised anymore. Then, you have seated video games and our own sedentary lifestyles setting the example - they never learn what a healthy level of activity is. The most important thing you can do is to set a good example.



GREENREDLEAF
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8/25/12 1:20 P

Wheb we went to the dr, she told me my daughter is considered obese. I really am at a loss. I don't have her except for two hours most days. She realizes that people ate putting her in that category. She's already not eatting much. She doesn't eat much breakfast, a small salad at lunch. Then when she goes home is a streak of candy and sweets. We started to exercise when time/ weather permits. I'm worried about this! Any comments suggestions - please.



 
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