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I need help for my daughter. She is 9 years old. Right at 5 feet tall and weighs 135 pounds. She is always hungry. We had her thyroid checked just a couple of years ago and everything came back normal. She is a very active child, always outdoors, playing with three to four other children. Rides bikes, walks, plays ball, etc.. but we are at a loss as to help her loose weight. We do not keep any candy in the house, stopped using any sugar at all over two years ago. Limit her intake, and yet she still gains weight. What can I do?
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She is growing, so she is naturally hungry.  If you have had her thyroid checked, maybe you should try a nutritionist.  Or have you give any thought to doing weight watchers with her?
Does she eat a lot of carbs? Like pasta, bread, potatoes, white rice etc?

I know what it was like being the "husky" kid at 9.  However, she is considerably taller than I was at that age.  And if I am thinking correctly, she shouldn't be that overweight for her height.  I think Weight Watchers recommends 115-125 lbs for someone who is 5ft tall.

Ask her doctor for suggestions, see what they think about the WW's plan for children. Maybe it is the food (I know she doesn't eat "junk") she is eating, my problem is and always has been that I love bread, pasta, potatoes anything that has carbs in it.

Good luck to her, like I said, I know how she must feel. It is possible if she is as active as you said that she has a lot of lean muscle mass.  Try the nutritionist first.
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Also, you should probably have her thyroid checked again.
What does she eat for breakfast?  Sugary cereal? starchy stuff?  This will make her feel hungrier throughout the day.  Try something that has a little more Fiber in it, that will help her feel full longer.  Even the Fiber One cereal, mixed with a lowfat flavored yogurt will help, both the protein and fiber will make her feel more full and give her more energy to burn fat than Fruity Pebbles (my personal fave).

Make sure her regular meals have more protein than carbohydrates, this will help in the "satisfied" feeling.  

Do you make her eat EVERYTHING on her plate, even when she says she is full?  My mom ALWAYS did that to me, and as a result at 32 years old, I feel much guilt when I don't finish my meal. I am working on getting over that, but it is something that was engrained in me as a child.  I really do blame my mom for some of my bad eating habits. Her idea of a "round" breakfast was a glass of milk and a donut.  This is NOT breakfast, that is dessert, at best!

Anyway, it breaks my heart when a 9 y/o or any age child thinks they are fat, or not pretty.  Check with your doctor or a nutritionist.  

I am certainly not a professional, however I have been dieting (supervised) in one shape or another for years. I have done WW's with success and LA Weight Loss with very little success, and countless other plans.  Low calorie and portion control is the only way for me.  
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Thanks so very much for your caring and concern. I will check with the doctor again. She loves yogurt and all veggies, Yep a mothers dream. We took pasta away from her except as a very rare treat about three years ago. Her breakfast mainly consist of bananas, apples, or oranges with a half glass of 2% milk. Her snacks are yogurt or applesauce and her after dinner treats are sugar free jello with fruit. Usually I try very hard to get her NOT to eat everything on her plate.

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Thanks so very much for your caring and concern. I will check with the doctor again. She loves yogurt and all veggies, Yep a mothers dream. We took pasta away from her except as a very rare treat about three years ago. Her breakfast mainly consist of bananas, apples, or oranges with a half glass of 2% milk. Her snacks are yogurt or applesauce and her after dinner treats are sugar free jello with fruit. Usually I try very hard to get her NOT to eat everything on her plate.

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Thanks so very much for your caring and concern. I will check with the doctor again. She loves yogurt and all veggies, Yep a mothers dream. We took pasta away from her except as a very rare treat about three years ago. Her breakfast mainly consist of bananas, apples, or oranges with a half glass of 2% milk. Her snacks are yogurt or applesauce and her after dinner treats are sugar free jello with fruit. Usually I try very hard to get her NOT to eat everything on her plate.

Keep up your great goal of not finishing your plate, that was a hard one for me too. I really had to work on it. I started with one bite left then two then three and so forth. Now I don't have any problem leaving almost the whole plate. I hope this works for you
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She's too young to slim IMHO. Don't worry but just watch her diet. <a style="font-size:0px" href="http://morningcoffee.cjb.net">beauty news</a>
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Dear Momie Carol -

Please don't put that beautiful girl on a diet at age 9.   My mother put me on a diet at age 6 (that's right 6) and it had much more to do with her issues than mine - I'm a mother of a 24 year old and I am grateful to say I didn't pass this on to her.  I taught her that she is loved no matter what she looks like.  That the media is not our friend.  I spent years undoing that damage - and, by the way, it was not until I made peace with my body and stopped dieting that my body normalized.  I began exercising more, buying pretty clothes, feeling better.  135 is not that heavy and she is developing.  Model good eating & exercise habits for her plus a healthy body image and body relationship and she will be fine.  If the doctor says she is okay - perhaps it is perspective.  Plus, young girls are getting hormones earlier these days - it could be adolescent.
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