my 7 year old weighs a lot to say the least, trying to get her to eat healthy and exercise, any help

Dusty - posted on 12/29/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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my daughter has disabilities, likes to work out, has balance issues. she outweighs all her sisters--needs to lose 20-30 pounds.

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Natalie - posted on 01/03/2010

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what disabilities does she have, I have one with autism and some of the healthy snacks turned out to be the texture of the snack is more what he hated than the actual taste, he likes bananas, and suprisingly he likes kiwi, steamed broccoli not cold, Corn on the cobb not corn off the cobb. Check into different healthy snacks than the usual we are often taught to give them, It worked for him. you can also try some smoothies this is how I got him to eat strawberries, apples, and other things just mix some plain yogurt and fruit of choice( note some have cool colors than can trick them into eating them You just call them yellow,blue red smoothies makes it more fun.

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Sandra - posted on 01/09/2010

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Trampolines with the safety nets are great. Get on with her. Kids will exercise if they get the example from you. Diet and exercise are the key to good health especially when she has other health issues to deal with.

Adrienne - posted on 01/05/2010

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a good sport to take up would be tee ball, not quite at the soft/base ball level, and a non contact, team sport that is not too demanding on the activity the whole game. my boy has been playing since he was 3 1/2 now in his 5th season.

Veronica - posted on 01/05/2010

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You have to lay down the law tell her this is what you can eat and keep an eye on her my kids want junk all the time. Me and my husband are over weight my kids a average and I am worried about them. I have been keeping only healthy foods in the house and limiting what we eat and have even been going to the GYM When the weather gets better we go for walk go to the beach and the park. Your child will grow taller and her weight might not go down to much.

Linda - posted on 01/05/2010

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This may sound funny but I just got the wii fit plus and all my girls love it, it may not burn off alot but does get them a little avtive I love to do the yoga and the step aerobics on it.

Samantha - posted on 01/04/2010

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it sounds to me that u r doing all the rite things for ur daughter and u seem like a great mom so stick with it and eventually u will see results these things take time so stick with it and good luck

Dusty - posted on 01/03/2010

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she is legally blind, developmentally delayed, partially deaf. she also has asthma (she had her tonsils and adneoids taken out already). everyone thought she was autistic but she is not. she will eat fruits its just veggies although tonight she helped make dinner and put the veggies in the stew so and she ate it with no problems.

Sam - posted on 01/03/2010

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If the kids like the park, try and take them every day for at least 45 minutes, and for snacks if needed, fruite. Like some other moms have mentioned, keep the chips and sodas out the house. Make snack time fun and used alot of colorful foods.hope this helps

Dusty - posted on 01/02/2010

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my daughter is legally blind and developmentally delayed. thanks for all the suggestions. I bought a trampoline so that she can use it and she has- she wouldnt wait for me to put it together. she will turn down junk (candy, soda). and had her tested for allergies so its just a matter of balance and motivation.

Angela - posted on 01/02/2010

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You said that she had some balance problems so I am thinking it probably has something to do with some proprioceptive sensory issues? I believe my son has a sensory integration disorder and so I have been reading up on it and I know that balance also plays into that drastically...in some of the books I remember reading something about a "sensory diet" of course it touches on the outside stimulation as well as what they should be eating. You may also want to have her pediatrician run some test for some common food allergies like wheat and dairy and stuff like that...even if she doesn't have an allergic reaction it could be an intolerance to it. Good luck!

Debbie - posted on 01/02/2010

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Have you had here thyroid checked? The reason I ask is my 12 year old has always had weight problems. We tried EVERYTHING. She is also clumsy and has digestive problems. I finally had enough and changed doctors since I wasn't getting any help. (she was 9 then). I learned that her thyroid doesn't work properly. The good news is they think all her problems are related to this. The bad news they won't do anything till after puberty. Luckily puberty has hit, so I'm hoping for answers within the next few years. I may not have an answer but knowing the problem helps. Just a thought to get this checked.

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Do you take her to the pool? My kids love to go swimming in all weather and they can easily spend a couple of hours playing like crazy. They sleep very well afterwards, so I think they must have burnt a lot of calories. She doesn't have to be able to swim to have a good time. If you take a friend for your daughter it will be more fun for her, plus all sorts of flotation devices and water guns and whatever it takes to keep them playing hard.

Jeanna - posted on 01/01/2010

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Assuming there are no medical reasons of course-eliminate sugary drinks (I give my children water and some milk period. There are no other options.) Eat lots of fruits and raw veggies (they have a lot of water and will fill her up with good nutrition) and turn off the tv. You control what is available to her to eat and you control a lot of how she spends her time-tv, video games, computer, etc. Cut out McD's, fast food except maybe Chick Fil-A where you can get grilled sandwich or nuggets with fruit. No fries! Go for walks together, make it fun. I know it sounds rough, but I have 4 children and these are our rules. I may let them have a small dessert every now and then but never daily or as a snack. Also, you have to lead my example. It works!! Good luck!

Janine - posted on 12/31/2009

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I think if you are doing everything you can to help her have a healthy lifestyle (food, exercise) then you need to get her checked out at the doctor. It could be a medical issue, or perhaps there is nothing wrong and you are just worrying about it.

Beth Ann - posted on 12/31/2009

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Water, water, water. Beverages are very sneaky calories in a child's or anyone's diet. Eliminate juices, lemonades, sodas, vitamin waters, sports drinks, etc. Stick to a lot of water. Also speak to her doctor about seeing a nutritionist and maybe even an allergist. My son (now 9) is not over weight, but not without a struggle. He lost a ton of "weight" when we found out he was allergic to wheat and dairy. It wasn't so much weight he lost, it was inflammation. Just a thought.

Suzanne - posted on 12/31/2009

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our son is quite large for his age too, we have talked to the dr. and were told just to keep him active any way possible and he would most likely grow into it. we found that making him pay per portion of food helped. we give him a daily amount for food then charge him a penny per veg or friut portion 5 cents per protin, dairy and grain anything containing lots or suger or concidered unhealthy costs him 25 cents per portion, any remaining money at the end of the day is his,,, result the healthyer he eats the more he has left to save. i charge less for fruits and vegies because it is very hardto get him to eat them

Cyndi - posted on 12/31/2009

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I would talk to her Dr. about setting up an appointment with a nutritionist. Maybe she will be more inclined to do what she needs to if it comes from someone of authority and not her mom/parents. You might want to check with your local community center or park district and see if there are community sports programs. If you can afford it you can always join the YMCA, or look into a scholarship for the Y. I never knew they had programs for lower income people. My friend only pays $48 a year and then for the classes (i.e. swimming, gymnastics she pays $0.25). Hope you find something that helps.

Debbie - posted on 12/31/2009

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Our Elementary School doesn't have sports either, but the city does. She does the soccer and softball through the city. Basketball is through a church here and she also did bowling for a bit and that was through the bowling alley. I would think all cities and towns would pretty much have sports for kids. There's also gymnastics and such like that which could help with balance. BUT my daughter has ADHD and she takes after me so she's not the most graceful and she does fine with everything that she's in and it gives her something else to do.

Rawn - posted on 12/31/2009

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All of these ladies suggestions are great. Be sure you are buying organic fruits and veggies, no canned stuff. You should check out hallelujah acres on facebook or look the website up at hacres.com, it has changed my life and the way I look at "food"

Dusty - posted on 12/30/2009

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no, the school here doesnt have sports for kids (not at elementary) and her balance is also an issue.

Debbie - posted on 12/30/2009

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What about sports. Whenever my 8 year old goes to visit her dad for the summer she gains about 10 pounds in ONE month. Normally she's in soccer once school starts and all and the weight starts to shed off. Normally during the school year I have her in various sports. Soccer, basketball, and softball (depending on the season) and it helps her make friends and keep active.

Dusty - posted on 12/30/2009

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there is a church next to us that our kids used to play until a church member said they couldnt play there. but they play in the back yard, wii fit, wii active, ddr, but its still not enough. I do keep healthy foods here but bena wont eat them. its very frustrating. my other kids do eat the fruits and veggies.

Christine - posted on 12/30/2009

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do you have a park or school close to you? if so take the children for a walk to the park to play on the stuff there they may not think they are exercising but they are as long as they are moving around they are. go for long walks. when you take the children shopping with you instead of driving or taking the bus there walk there or when you go to the doctors offices park at the far back of the parking lot.

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My 9yr old is overweight. She helps with walking our puppies and like Sherry, if I turn on music, the kids start to move. I also limit what my daughter eats- I make the plates then set them on the table. Sometimes I do have to tell her no for seconds. Most of her snacks are healthy like almonds, bananas, or sugar free popcicles. The weight loss won't happen over night but as long as you're laying the foundation for a healthy lifestyle your daughter may just grow into it.

Sherry - posted on 12/29/2009

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does she like to dance? my kids will just silly dance all we have to do is put on music. The key is to keep healthy snacks in the house. Loose the chips and sodas and cookies. I keep fresh apples, bananas, and carrots in the kitchen to snack on.

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