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weightloss for a 7 yo

  • gaamy
    gaamy
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    how would you guys approach a little kid that needed to lose a bit of weight?

    Gigi has always been a solidly built kid. she eats alot for a kid her age but she’s also very active. usually right before a growth spurt she’ll put on a little extra pudge then get taller and go back to her usual build.

    this time though she’s not getting any taller, she’s just gaining weight. she’s got quite the belly goin’ now. since the move she has about 3 less months out of the year that she can go play outside and her sisters are the pickiest eaters i’ve ever come across so i’ve had to replace some of our healthy faves with less healthy options so they will eat. this is also about the age where several women in my family started to pack on the pounds and i would really like it if Gigi didnt have to go through school as the fat kid.

    i dont want to put that in her head, that’s she’s fat and she needs to lose weight but if she could get back closer to the general build she was at the begining of this school year it would be better for her all around, esp considering the daily tears and fits over jeans that are too long for her.

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  • ducklings
    ducklings
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    Might want to chat with her pediatrician regarding nutrition recommendations. I have zero experience with weight loss for kids and not sure what’s appropriate. I would recommend that you really minimize or eliminate high calorie drinks (soda, juice) and snacks, encourage healthy snacking patterns, and sign her up for a fun sport/activity that will keep her active when it’s nasty outside.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    I agree with ducklings. From what I’ve heard/read, at this age the best thing is to encourage healthy choices and habits more so than what we usually think of as “dieting.” Fun physical activities, healthy snack options, “don’t drink your calories,” etc. Also some ideas like filling your plate one half with veggies, 1/4 with protein and 1/4 with the carb option. (choosemyplate.gov I think might have some kid-appropriate resources)

    Also, I’m curious, but what would happen if you go back to the healthier choices and let Gigi’s sisters deal with it? Granted my experience is with younger kids and I’m sure it’s more complicated when they’re stepkids/coming from another home and used to certain things, but we’ve always gone with serving healthy choices and they choose how much of it to eat. Maybe they would adjust over time as they start to develop a taste for healthier foods.

    Also if it’s helpful, this web site has a handy tool where you can figure out your child’s current height and weight and BMI percentiles. I find it comes in handy in between well checks:
    http://www.blubberbuster.com/height_weight.html

    gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    actually aside from 1-2 cups of milk or soy milk a day she drinks water almost exclusively. she doesnt drink soda or juice at all, it’s her personal preference. the snack she eats the most of lightly salted plain popcorn or rice puffs.

    we tried to continue serving our normal menu and they refuse to eat it then come down after we go to bed and fill up on things that are supposed to be treats or snacks or lunch stuff. they’re supposed to be going back to live with their mother in a month or so, so hopefully we can get back on track.

    i will def check those websites, thanks for the info.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    That’s good to hear.
    The only other thing I can think of is trying to move toward fruit/veggies, maybe yogurt or cheese sticks, etc., for snacks instead of simple carbs like rice puffs? I know they’re low cal but for me at least, I tend to gain weight quickly when I’m eating more carby snacks like that.

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