child over eating

Rachelle - posted on 03/20/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 and weighs 60 lbs she has an appetite bigger than mine she eats constantly and if not eating she's worried about when she's going to eat again I have went to extreams by hiding snacks and keeping easy access foods up but she still gets to them. I keep fruits, but she will just keep eating one after another. How do you stop/help a child that doesn't understand obesity without interfering with there mental confidence in the future. Help!!!

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Sarah - posted on 03/20/2016

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You are not going to get a doctor to listen until you can accurately describe how much she eats. If you have to lock the fridge and cabinets up, then so be it. One of the first questions you will be asked is how many calories is she eating? This is important. While you know she over eats, you gotta find out to what extent. Did she have a typical pattern of milestones and development in her infant and early toddler years?

Rachelle - posted on 03/20/2016

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Unfortunately if you say no she sneaks and eats. So can't count calorie. But I will definitely be looking for a different dr cause this is what I'm being told

Sarah - posted on 03/20/2016

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Yes, she is way above the typical weight for her age. What has been done to investigate the cause? if your doctor has not done anything but tell you exercise more and eat less, I'd seek a new doctor. While it is possible she is overeating out of habit and has not learned to stop when full, there could be a different cause as well. Have you been able to calculate how many calories she is taking in? I hope you find some answers that work. Keep us posted.

Rachelle - posted on 03/20/2016

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She was 6lb 6.4 oz at birth and she just started gaining weight about 1yr ago dr says she's over weight and obviously she is. Thanks for the reply

Sarah - posted on 03/20/2016

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If this was my child a would take her to have her seen by a physician to rule out a medical condition. Evaluating how quickly she is gaining weight can help your doctor determine if it a habit of eating or truly a compulsion. Once a thyroid condition or other syndrome like Prader-Willi is ruled out, you can talk to a nutritionist about portion control and helping her to focus on other activities that eating. What was her birth weight and was she always a chunky baby or did she start gaining weight recently? Best of luck.

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