Samantha - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )
I took my 9-year-old to her well child check today. She weighs 87 pounds. The doctor said she is "obese" and wants her tested for cholesterol and diabetes. She has never had any symptoms or signs, and is an otherwise healthy and active child. She eats a well balanced diet with no sugar drinks (soda, juice, etc.). Her dad and I do not have high cholesterol or diabetes, and we are tested every year. Depending on what the results are, the doctor may want us to see a dietician so she can eat a healthy diet, but she does not want her to "diet" because that can lead to other medical problems. The doc said she needs to "grow into her height."
Would you get the testing done, and has this doctor gone too far in labeling her as "obese" at 87 pounds. She is 52 inches tall.