How do I help my 3-year-old son lose weight?

Hailey - posted on 11/01/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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He is three years old and 54 pounds. That's about 17 Ibs over where he should be,according to his doctor. He does have a kind of round stomach . . . What should I do? I don't want to hurt his feelings but I don't want him to be hurt physically, either.

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Megan - posted on 11/04/2012

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Umm I don't know for sure at his age what to do. But I woud watch what he eats and how much. I would put a diet for him. Maybe like eats lunch, breakfast, and dinner. Then certain times he can have a small snack to eat. One thing I would do is look to see if there any sports for his age to do. Maybe put him in 2 or 3 sports to do like maybe soccer or maybe if he is old enough baseball. I kind of had the same thing with one of my boys but just kind of differant. I put him in dance and he enjoyed it until he got older then wasn't so in to it anymore. But it did help.

Denikka - posted on 11/01/2012

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You're in control of everything at this age. Cut out most high fat/high sugar/junky snacks, any you give him should be only once in a while and in small portion sizes. Give healthy snacks, fruits and veggies instead.

Cut out all sugary drinks. No pop at all. Juice should only be given once in a while and only watered down (1/4 to 1/2 juice, the rest water). Do NOT give flavored milks. Just plain white milk or water is the best.



And, of course, exercise. Get your boy out and moving. If you can't get out much, there are plenty of TV shows and DVDs that show how and encourage kids to get moving. Role Play is a short *in between* show on Treehouse TV that's a good example. But there are plenty more out there.



The MOST important thing though, is to lead by example. You (and the rest of the household) need to eat your veggies, cut out unhealthy snacks and drinks, and get moving if you expect your overweight child to. Weight loss is not about dieting. It's about making lifestyle changes, and that means changing the lifestyle of the whole household, and teaching lifelong skills on healthy eating and healthy living to your children :)

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Kerry - posted on 11/08/2012

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Don't feed him less food, feed him more fruits and vegetables so its not a big change in his eating schedule, other than the food you could at least spend 20 minutes outside running around passing a ball

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