My daughter G has been in preschool. She's always been an eater, but mainly lots of snacks. The last month, she's been eating a lot more. Not snacks though. She never used to eat all her dinner or breakfast/lunch (on weekends). But she's been eating ALL of her dinner every night and then all of her dessert. She's been asking for bigger portions. She's always been just a little bit overweight, but has thinned out since starting school. Should I keep letting her eat more, or try to cut back a little? She only eats 1 small snack a day now, usually something healthy. I'm just worried about her being overweight
From your measurements, her weight and height are around the 90th percentile for her age which is normal. She may not be eating that much at school so she may be hungry at dinner. Based on her weight / age, she should be consuming approximately 1000 calories per day as recommended the following; Fruits (limit fruit juices) = 1.5 cups; Vegetables 2.5 cups; Grains (cereals, breads) = 6oz equivalents; Meat & beans = 5oz equivalents; Dairy products (milk, yogurt) = 3 cups; Oils = 5 tsp; Additional calories to be used discretionary = 195. This food needs to be divided up between 3 meals and snacks between meals daily. Suggest not cutting calories because she is a child that is growing, however, give her healthy foods at meals and snacks. She will get the nutrition she needs without the sugar/fatty foods. Thank you for your question.
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