- January 31, 2009 at 1:19 am #270137
My three and 1/2 year old weighs over 50 lbs but she is also very tall. Her doctor said when she went for her last checkup that she was about the size of a normal 5 year old. Her doctor also seems to be not worried about this.
I keep telling myself she will outgrow it. I get this because my 15 year old was the “Pillsbury doughbaby” (he has red hair and very fair skin and was a chunk when he was little) and he is now 6 ft 3 and skinny as a rail. She gets exercise on a daily basis either riding her bike or just running and playing.
She has an indoor exercise trampaline that she jumps on all the time. So activity is not a problem. This child would eat 24/7 if I let her.
I am continually pulling her out of the refrigerator. She does eat a little candy but its not an every day thing, even though she has some how managed to “cute her way” into the last mailperson’s heart and they bring her candy with the mail. We take the candy and put it up and monitor her intake.
Any ideas on what could be going on here? Should I just wait it out because she will outgrow it?
- January 31, 2009 at 5:12 am #413239
My daughter is the same way. She is five and weights 61lbs. I don’t see how with her being so active.
She would eat 24/7 if you let her also. Her Dr tells me not to worry about it that she will probably grow out of it as she gets older. She’s always been right at borderline for being over her weight.
Now she is over the weight line for her age. It worries me but I’m like you I don’t understand it and I don’t know what to do. Maybe you can find some answers.
I know it’s tough and you worry, I do to.
- January 31, 2009 at 8:25 am #413245
If your daughter is healthy in other ways, you really do not have anything to worry about at that age if she is active. Now if she sat and watched television all day then you could have a problem. The recommendation is that a child get at least 60 minutes a day of good exercise (something that really makes her heart pound or a little perspiration).
If she is active she will eat often because she is burning up the energy from her food. Does she eat well when it is meal time? If not then you might have to time her snacks.
Children should have a breakfast, a morning snack, lunch an afternoon snack, dinner, and an evening snack. Make the snacks fresh fruits and vegetables.
Sounds like she is at a good weight for her height. Most children do have a belly until they get around 7 or 8 then all of a sudden then seem to proportion out. A lot depends on her build as well-if she has a lot of muscle then of course she will weigh more.
Sounds like she might end up being a tall girl and of course she will weigh more on the scales to compensate for her height.
Don’t share any of your concern about her weight (or your own) when she is around. This could cause an eating problem for her as she gets older.
Okay I have rambled on in my professional mode, sorry about that-it is what a do to make a living-helping parents and children get healthier. Basically, feed her right, make sure she gets her activity daily, eat healthier yourself and she will be just fine 🙂
- January 31, 2009 at 8:49 am #413247
If she’s proportionate for her height I don’t believe its a problem. I’ve noticed that kids will eat a LOT maybe even out eat their parents just because they’re still growing and burn energy a lot faster. Unless she’s showing signs of sluggishness or slowing down I don’t think there’s a real problem.
And as long as you’re still monitoring her eating so she won’t overdo it its fine. She may just be developing faster than the norm, I know a friend of mine stopped growing when she was around 11 since she developed much faster than everyone around her.
- January 31, 2009 at 9:21 am #413250
Both of my boys are bigger than the kids in their age group. But they are also much taller and very brood across they chest area. I was worried when they were younger too.
The doc kept telling me that they were overwieght. But now they are older, everything seems to be evening out. I know my oldest is going to be tall, he is 12 years old, and wears a size 11 shoe.
It’s been a real challenge to keep up with his growing. So don’t let the wieght thing get to you to much. Sounds like she is right on track.
- January 31, 2009 at 11:31 am #413270
Monitor what she is eating (be sneaky)
figure the calories ..
What is the fat intake?
How much juice? (serving is 4 oz)
How much milk?
How much water? Is she getting enough?
urine is supposed to be almost clear
Go to whole wheat bread
Increase the veggies ..
Is she going to the bathroom (supposedly its at least 1-2 times a day for some its more is norm)?
Any health issues in the family? Diabetes? Heart?
high Bp? etc
When you touch her, are you feeling muscle or fat?
When she is playing how long is she on the tramp (sustained time), how long running around outside?
If you start a light exercise program during the day, chances are she will too.
The stretch bands are usually great fun with kids ..
Try Richard Simmons tape (fast fun music) the moves are not sexy like some programs so appropriate for kids ..
Start a garden, let her do a small one herself this encourages more veggie eating. You can do baskets, window boxes if you don’t have space
- February 2, 2009 at 11:33 am #413460
My youngest daughter has always been big for her age – shw is now 12 and 5 foot 7 1/2 -I would not worry unless your doctor is cocerned – just keep her active and offer her fruits and veggies or healthy snacks like popcorn . my doctor recommed only 2 -1/2 serving of juice per day – no pop – gatoraid -this is high in carbs .lots of water Bobbi -ne
- February 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm #413466
Thanks guys. I appreciate all the help. She eats her veggies so no problem there.
With her doctor showing no concern I really wasnt all that concerned. But the so called nutrionist at wic is continually asking me what the problem is. And trying to make me feel like I am doing something wrong.
I guess that is where the questions are coming from.
- February 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm #413493
I wouldn’t worry so much. Most kids grow out of it when they hit puberty. I was always underweight as a kid and teenager and ate more than most people.
And somehow all that changed as I got older too!! My doctors were never worried either.
- February 7, 2009 at 7:02 am #414148
High fructose corn syrup and MSG are two things that can cause weight gain so you might want check for these in the food you buy and avoid them.
The two of you taking a walk everyday is good exercise and could be a way for the two of you to spend special time together.
- February 26, 2012 at 4:12 am #431534
From the time my daughter was a year 18 months old, she started gaining weight. Her Ped had me take her off of whole milk, monitor everything we gave her. She continued to gain weight & height.
After 5 years of monitoring EVERYTHING she ate, her Ped finally said to me ” Mom, look at her head, she is going to be a big girl. There’s really nothing you can do.” We’ve done everything & she is overweight.
She is active, not only 5 days at week at school – PE everyday & 1 day of Movement(yoga) at school. She plays soccer & does the Kinect over the winter periods. She’s never had twinkies, cup cakes, & only recently had hostess donuts.
We’ve mananged her weight & at least kept if level & her ped now says that she’s at least growing at the same rate. She’s just gonna be big.
Mdowdy,, like your dd, she only gets candy occasionally. In fact, she has given away the majority of her Halloween candy by her choice, every year.
Dr says to wait it out, she’s just gonna be a big girl. She’s 6 & is at the weight of a 10 year old & much taller than her classmates.
She is beautiful & is perfect. And I understand your concern & fear.
Its hard to watch her be so much bigger than all the rest. She also notices. I just tell her she is the way is was intended to be, perfect!
- February 29, 2012 at 4:45 am #431557
Anyone I know of that goes to WIC is harassed about their child’s weight, either too low or too high, whether that is true or not. Tell them that your child has been seen by her doctor, you discussed her weight with him, and he said there is not a problem.
- June 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm #432143
My youngest boy is a little over 3 feet tall and 45 pounds. He’s 2. His brother is 4 and he’s almost 4 feet tall and 47 pounds.
I’ve got big boys and the pediatrician has one time or another express concern about them. My husband is over 6 feet and not a small guy. His whole family is tall and big.
I wouldn’t be too concerned about. She’ll grow up and be a beautiful girl.
- October 3, 2012 at 11:50 am #433613
Kids do have such weight fluctuations. All three of mine certainly did when they were young, and now they are healthy, active, slim preteens and teenagers. I wouldn’t be concerned if your doctor isn’t, and it sounds like she’s really active.
That said, I do think it’s important to talk about healthy eating habits even when they are young…things like eating only at mealtimes except for healthy snacks. It helps us to always have a lot of fresh fruits and veggies on hand (and not much else.)
- October 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm #433923
My oldest child (a boy) got to be quite overweight for a while, it was probably 6 months to a year, but then he grew something like 6 inches and completely thinned out!! Now I’m going through a similar phase with my younger child (a girl). Sometimes its hard to wait, but I know it will all work out, and I’m sure it will for you also!!
- January 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm #436224
I’m in the opposite. My stepson is nearly 6 and doesn’t even weigh 35 lbs. His problem is he spends so much time chewing, he’s burned up all of his calories from the meal before he’s finished a third of it.
He looks like he’s 4 with how small he is. You can touch the tip of your thumb and pinkie together around his bicep. The doctor isn’t worried, though, because he is still growing in height and does gain some weight.
If the doc is not worried, don’t worry. Kids will go through all sorts of phases….short, tall; skinny, chubby. They all go through it at some point.
You sound like you’re doing a great job. Don’t worry.
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