dr said my twins are over weight but how do i tell them no they cant eat when their hungry?

Monica - posted on 08/03/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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i took my twin daughters into our wic apointment and the dr said they are over weight but i feel so bad telling them they cant eat at a certin time and i have always feed them heath foods but i gues i over feed them but theyare still hungry after they eat.... i dont know what to do...

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Your girls are little -- only 2 -- I wouldn't worry too much about it. I certainly wouldn't start limiting their food based on one person's opinion.

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2010

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More important than how frequently you feed your kids is portion size. Most Americans grossly overestimate portions and that leads to most weight problems. Just like in pregnancy, the best thing you can do is eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day rather than large meals. Also, something you may need to consider cutting out would be juice, even if it is 100% juice. Whole fruit is much better for nutritional purposes. But all in all, don't worry too much about your childrens' weights if you are feeding them healthy meals and snacks and they are active rather than sitting around the house watching tv all day. Exercise is the most important thing for growing kids!

Monica - posted on 08/18/2010

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my girls are truning 2 on the 29th and they weigh 27lb and 29lbs chloe being the heavier one but they are also tallish so i dont quite understand i went to their dr and she said that they were fin in the 50% on the chart witch is perfect so i dont know and when i asked the wic lady why the dr says their fine but she says their over weight she said that it was becasue i changed their eatting habbits but i didnt she refused to answer my questions so.. but they eat fruits and vegitables for snacks they get 2 snacks pluse their 3 meals a day and they love to drink water they get milk and juice as well.. thank you all for your input!

Tina - posted on 08/08/2010

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WIC goes by the books. I always hear of people saying WIC told them their kids are overweight. But, the lady who always says it, doesn't have kids. All these kids look just fine and are active. They just tell you what gerber or some other baby food company is telling them to. When I was breastfeeding my girls, they didn't have a height/weight chart for breastfeeding, only charts from Similac or something, which said they were under weight. But, they weren't.

Amanda - posted on 08/07/2010

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WIC is a good program but they always tell ya something to get you upset... My twins are 3 and Hailey weighs 38lbs and Kailey weighs 32lbs... Doctor told me that they are absolutely fine that for premature babies that they are holding their weight good especially Hailey but of course WIC always has something else to say.. WIC also complains about their height dr says they are right on with their height but WIC says that by Virginia standards they are short...

Dawn - posted on 08/06/2010

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WIC told me the same thing about one of my boys. They told me that I was giving him too much milk. I talked to my family doctor and he said that my son was fine. Do you feel that they are healthy? if so keep doing what you are doing. I let my boys eat when ever they want. They have their three meals a day but they also eat healthy snacks through out the day.

Heather - posted on 08/05/2010

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To clarify how old are your twins? The wic lady told me one of my twins was over weight and the other wasn't... yeah there was a pound difference! How do they figure!

Jen - posted on 08/05/2010

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Are your pictures recent? They look perfect to me! As long as they're eating healthy food, I'd just keep on doing what you're doing and get a second opinion!

Betty - posted on 08/04/2010

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i dont know what that dr was thinking they look very healthy to me. I would take them to their regular dr and if they say the girls are fine i would find out more about this wic dr and what made them say that cause calling a toddler over weight is very serious

btw how much do they weight

Vicky - posted on 08/03/2010

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Ya,if there is a concern than take them to your regular Dr. going to WIC and them giving you thier opinion is not a professional point of view..if their eating regular food then give smaller portions more times a day perhaps. and healthy snacks..some are just bigger than others and it all evens out as they grow but i would not deprive them of food when they are hungry??Just my point of view..

Iridescent - posted on 08/03/2010

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Just curious for some clarification here - you said this was at WIC, yet you also said the doctor said they were overweight. Was it also a doctor's appointment? If it was just WIC, that is done by nurses, not doctors. Putting children on a diet is a very potentially dangerous thing, so if a WIC nurse told you to do so, talk to your doctor first. If your doctor told you to do so, request a dietitian appointment where they can go through a food journal with you for what they eat and how much and when, and what they should eat, how much and when. It makes a world of difference.

How old are your children? What is their actual BMI? This does need to be calculated prior to starting them on a diet. If they are infants or toddlers, starting a diet could prevent brain development or growth if done incorrectly. Are they drinking water? How much? Do you make them wait 5 minutes after finishing their food, plus drinking a full 6-8 ounces of water, before offering seconds? It takes 5 minutes for the stomach to register that it is full, and this is a learned process. It's hard for many adults even.

You can use rice milk instead of cow's milk. It's much lower in calories, has much more readily available calcium because it is lower protein (cows milk actually is so high in protein it pulls calcium from your bones, which is why so many elderly have osteoporosis despite drinking milk and being on a vitamin - http://josquin.tripod.com/milk.htm http://www.lifestylelaboratory.com/artic...). Offer water throughout the day. Offer healthy, low fat vegetables. Cut back on snacks and remove any processed foods (hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fries, white bread, chips, candy). Make sure they're active!

Emma - posted on 08/03/2010

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as long as your not feeding them fried food, chocolate, crisps, burgers etc basicly junk food everyday i wouldnt worry too much! also make sure they eat plenty of fruit for snacks, strawberrues apple, oranges etc! i was told the same when my eldest daughter was about 18 months and was told to do a food diary, they found nothing wrong with what i gave her! it may b there going to be tall etc and they may even out as they get older! my little girl is now 3 and tall and lost her baby pot belly! just start writing down what they eat dont starve them there children and growing just see if you are giving them too much junk and if your not dont worry im sure they will even out as there still only little!

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