His weight is on the 95th percentile and his height is between the 5-10th percentile which indicates he is within the Growth Chart and he is not overweight yet for his age. He may appear overweight due to his lower stature in relation his weight. He needs approximately 2000 calories a day to grow because he is still a child. He will be entering puberty and will be physically changing. As he gets older he may lose weight. You seem to know that it is recommend increasing children's physical activities (play, dance, sports) to lose weight, and not lower calorie intake due to the need of calories for growth. Suggest dancing which is fun and will help to maintain/lose weight. Limit time in front of the TV or non-active-video games. There have been studies showing the longer the length of time a child sit in front of the TV, the greater the weight gain. Suggest limiting high sugar drinks/snacks and try replacing with low fat milk/yogurt or fruit/popcorn/cheese. 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 and vegetables. Eat daily high fiber breads and cereals (oatmeal) and limit ‘junk’ foods. Thank you for your question.
Thank you! I will save this and refer to it often. I was thinking about taking away his video games here and there to get him some more activity. We took a long walk this evening and although because of my condition - I had to sit down or stop a lot, I know it still helped him some. Thanks for the food information too. I really appreciate everything including the information about his height and weight and stuff. :)
actually I just weighed him (it has been 3 weeks since I took the above weight of 103) and he has gained 7 pounds, he weighs 110 lbs. So I hope that is still okay.
Now his weight is above the 95th percentile and above the Growth chart which indicates he is overweight. Recommend following the above suggestions to help him maintain his weight as his body catches up. Make exercises fun for him and do not punish so he stays with it. Have him help you cook healthy foods so he learns how to eat right.
You can help him by eliminating sodas, sugary snacks and junk food from your home (and not allowing him to buy any). If all there is to eat is wholesome, healthy food, then that is what he will eat, because there is nothing else.