My eight year old daughter is rapidly gaining weight. This is not the normal gain & stretch cycle. Because we live in TX people assume she is eating poorly/greasy. She is not. She loves veggies & fruit, eats greek yogurt daily as a snack we do not eat out often at all & I do not buy prepackaged meals. We do not buy Sodas for the home. We have fried foods maybe 1 every two moths or so.
I have even reduced salt I put into food even though it was pretty limited already.
She plays outside maybe once a week, is active with scouts. We do not own a TV, she is allowed 3 hours of earned computer/video time a week.
Weight gain started about 2 years ago but in the last 3 months she has gone from size 10 pants to size 14. I tried to get pediatrician to address it and I was told that she was not heavy enough to warrant concern. She has grown 1 inch in the past 10-12 months.
I am not obese. I weigh 122 and I am 5ft3inches. I am 41. Her father is a short average stocky guy. It is not what she is eating because she is eating what we do but in different portion sizes. Yes her body type appears like she will be very short & thick boned. I can handle her being heavier due to differences like that.
Weight gain "fluff" is affecting her arms, & neck, even her face has changed.
She is always hot, always thirsty, always hungry and no matter what keeps getting bigger.
What do I need to do to get this taken seriously? How can I approach Drs so they see I am not trying to change her body. Just reduce fluff enough so she can move & fit into size 10s.
From your measurements, her weight is just above the 95th percentile and her height is just below the 50th percentile for her age. She is becoming overweight for her age. It seems that you are doing some good practices of eating healthy and decreasing computer time. For her age she needs approximately 1800-2000 calories a day to grow. If she is hungry between meals, suggest snacking on NO-calorie or very low calories foods such as diet jello, salad with very little dressing, fruit, or 1 cup air popped popcorn. Additional suggestions: cook only low fat meats (chicken, fish, loin of pork) or non-meat sources (soy products, nuts), low fat vegetarian combinations (rice & beans, pasta & beans, low fat cheese & pasta), fat free or low fat dairy products (skim milk, 1% milk, low fat cheese, low fat yogurts, low fat soy milk/yogurt), use plant oils, non trans-fat margarines, and eat a lot of fruits, salads, and vegetables. Eat daily high fiber breads and cereals (oatmeal). Try replacing with Greek yogurt with low yogurt. Suggest increasing her physical activities per week and daily if you have to. She can walk, dance, or play outside. Have her help you cook simple healthy foods so she learns how to eat right. Make everything fun so she will enjoy living healthy. Hoped this helped you.
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