7 year old overweight but active!

Jessica - posted on 08/07/2017 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 7 year old daughter is overweight for her age and is self conscious about it. I tell her everyday she is not fat...and she is not. But for her age her weight is not where it should be. She plays softball and basketball and has swam everyday for the last 2 months. Nothing helps...and she eats her fruits, "most" veggies and has no problem eating chicken, tuna and any meat. I'm stressed to the max and feel like the worse mom ever for letting this happen. All she talks about is food...i'm afraid she has an addiction but I have NO idea what to do to help her with that or get her mind off of always wanting to eat. Can someone please shed some light???

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Sue - posted on 08/08/2017

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Did finding out she was pre-diabetic start her constantly talking about food? That's quite a burden for a 7 year old! I was a fat kid and a sneaky eater even as an adult. Unless some of your family are underweight, I'd suggest you all eat the same healthy, unprocessed foods and not have any food in the house that is not healthy. Get another trampoline, if you can at all! I did not do well on the ADA diet so I follow the Trim Healthy Mama food plan which has recipes I love and has helped me get off insulin that I had been on for 9 years. No, you are certainly not a bad mom...all of our bodies are different and sending prayers that you find what is best for hers. Virtual hugs and real prayers.

Sarah - posted on 08/07/2017

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If she is as active as you describe and you control her portions, then she must be sneaking food or there is a medical problem. Has she seen a therapist?

Jessica - posted on 08/07/2017

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She has been bigger since birth. She is pre-diabetic so we watch sugars and portions. I'm afraid she sneaks food when we aren't looking. But in the last 2 years she's gained quite a bit of weight. Honestly I feel like it's since she started school. She lost some when we got our trampoline but storm destroyed it so that activity has went out the window. She has blood work and physicals regularly from her doctor. It's so hard when food is all she talks about.

Sarah - posted on 08/07/2017

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First, take her to the pediatrician to be sure she does not have a medical condition that could be causing her to gain weight. Has she always been bigger than average or is it recent? If it is recent, she may be gearing up for a growth spurt; some kids really pudge up and then shoot up. As long as she is eating healthy portions and is active, try not to beat yourself up. Modeling good eating habits is important, but even more important is not focusing on her body image right now. Do you feel like she is overeating? Even the healthy foods you give her?

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