Suzie - posted on 07/23/2012 ( 33 moms have responded )
Let me first say that I have a degree in nutrition.... so my daughter is only exposed to healthy foods when she is with me*** (we are a blended family and this is not the case when she goes to her dads) and we are also very active. She is the type of kid who asks for shrimp or salmon when we are at the grocery store and every morning thinks cream of wheat or oatmeal with fruit sounds great! She even through a fit at my parent's house when they offered her a kolache and I had to make her, her oatmeal. My Mom thinks its the cutest thing ever.
Recently she came back from her dad's/his parents and after 8 days with them, she gained 2.5 lbs!!!!!! Thats equivalent to 7% of her body weight... in 8 days. I was shocked and horrified... How does that happen? I know they feed her the wrong foods, obviously. But is it even possible for a little body like that to gain that much weight in 8 days time? And when she is with me (most of the time), you would think a few treats or even 8 days of bad food wouldn't be the end of the world and make her gain 2.5 lbs!
I am very petite. 5 ft tall and 110 lbs so maybe thats why I don't understand this. My daughter has always been at 90% + for height and she used to be 75% for weight but after that week, we are now looking at 88%. She is gorgeous, don't get me wrong. She has always just been solid.... Her dad is a little overweight and 5'9. I think its his mother that contributes all of this to my daughter- she is about 400 lbs and has been that way forever. But then again she eats horrible so I never considered there to be a genetic component.
Do any of you have older kids that were like this and out grew it? I have heard of a gene that some people have where they are larger children and then once they stop growing at 12, it all balances out. I was like that in a way... Overweight in late primary school and junior high but by the time high school hit, I was the same height and slim.
I just don't want her to have to go through the emotional problems and physcial issues that being overweight brings. It breaks my heart to think she will have to go through this.
Right now she is on detox! haha but seriously, I am determined to "undue" what her father has done. I talked to him about this, he says he is concerned but in all honesty she will be eating marshmellow cereal the very next time she is at his house.
Has anybody else dealt with this issue???? I am at a complete loss. I have a degree in this stuff and yet when it comes to my daughter I can't seem to "fix" her.