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Nouny - posted on 12/07/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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hi.. i am nouny.. i am asking about my daughter she's a little bit over weight .. that is because of her brother.. when i delivered him she starts to eat soo much she 6 yrs... can anyone tells me any ideas.. just to make her be enough of what she eats or to know just life is not only FOOD?????!!!!

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Patricia - posted on 01/06/2013

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Well first she needs to see the doctor so they can check to make sure she is healthy and there is nothing underlying causing this. Because of her Brother? Could be stress related. Food she has found soothing.

By having more nutritious foods in the house and giving her only water to drink. Milk can cause fat, sodas and juices also.

Michelle - posted on 12/09/2011

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As your daughter is 6 years old, I presume it is you making + providing the majority of her meals/ food, so why is it so difficult to provide her with healthy, nutritional foods + the occassional treat?

Debbie - posted on 12/08/2011

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Children will eat more if they are on a growing spurt. Getting a little chubby next thing you know they are 1 to 2 clothes sizes bigger in a wink of an eye. I would not make a big deal about what she eats, I would make sure she is eating the correct items. Balanced meals and nutritional snacks such as fruits and vegtables.

Sally - posted on 12/07/2011

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Provide healthy snacks and serve balanced meals. DO NOT insist on her "cleaning her plate". Most of all, make sure she gets plenty of exercise. Encourage as much activity as possible. If possible, make a game out of daily routines. If you live in a 2 story house, encourage her to make several trips up and down the stairs daily. Turn the TV/computer/DVD off. You say you have a baby. Get your daughter involved in helping you with the baby by having her retrieve toys, diapers, clothing, etc for the baby. When the baby naps, play games with your daughter....things that require movement and activity. Take both children outside as often as possible for walks or just to play in the yard. Most important is to make these things FUN!

Sherri - posted on 12/07/2011

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Choose snacks that are fresh fruit or fresh vegetables and allow her to eat as much as she wants of these and offer snacks loaded in protein to help her stay fuller longer.

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Danielle - posted on 12/10/2011

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Maybe try talking to her about any possible underlying issues regarding her sudden increase in food since her brother was born. Maybe the eating is a stress response in her that needs to be dealt with before the food. Try to engage her in helping u prepare healthy and exciting foods and teach her about the healthy eating pyramid. Let her chose one small sometimes snack per day, and try to make the healthier ones more inviting. I do agree with others that it may just be a growth spurt and it may slow down, but if she doesn't learn to control her emotions without food now she is in for a lifetime of food issues.

Evelyn - posted on 12/09/2011

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I agree with other posters. This could be a comfort thing rather than a food thing. You need to build her confidence. Hug her and tell her she's a great big sister. Encourage her to get involved when you are doing things with the baby. My 5 year old loves to supervise me and tell me what I'm doing wrong. He thrives on the praise or loves it when I ask his advice on taking care of the baby... Do you thinks hungry, is it time for a nappy change... I hate it when other family members make my son the person to fetch and carry things because they are holding the baby... Remember they are not your personal slave. You decided to have another baby not your child. Make time for them when you can... Even if it is just to sit on your knee for a five mins cuddle in the evening before bed time... Still getting a cuddle means the world to my big guy

Corina - posted on 12/09/2011

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When it seems like my 7 year old wants more food than he should I tell him to wait 5 minutes for his tummy to rest and if he is still hungry to come back and tell me. If he is truly hungry I give fruit or low-fat yogurt or something...If he is just eating to eat (over eating) he will forget all about it because his brain has had time to register that he is full. He usually accepts that answer when he asks for more food.

Deb - posted on 12/09/2011

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The most important thing is to make exercise fun. Join a gym where the whole family can go. If she has a sweet tooth make things that use applesauce or honey instead of sugar. Teach portion control for the whole family. Go to a local health food store and ask for help (without letting daughter hear). Encourage drinking water. Stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Go organic, fruit are only pennies more than the ones that are injected with carcinogens. I believe non organic and processed foods have additives that make us hungrier, that is why we are all becoming obese. Go natural whenever you can!

Inga - posted on 12/09/2011

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I agree with Kirstin. I think the main problem for your daughter is not food, she misses being the only child and time with you. She can't express her feeling in other way, just comforting herself with eating. We all know how difficult it could be with a little baby, but you need to find time just for you and your daughter alone.

Kristin - posted on 12/08/2011

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You say it's because of her brother? How old is he? Is she eating because she's sad or resentful of him? Perhaps you need to find a way to give her some dedicated one-on-one time each day to fill her needs instead of food? Perhaps your husband/partner can put the baby to bed while you read her a few stories, sing some songs, talk about school etc?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/07/2011

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What are you feeding her on an average day? You can also encourage her to help pick out healthy foods at the grocery store with you....she can also help you cook healthy foods. It will make her interested in a new hobby and see what healthy foods look like before and after. Often this will make them want to eat what they have helped make.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/07/2011

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I agree with everyone else. Encourage good eating habits and only healthy foods. Don't buy junk...don't have it in the house. And PLEASE don't tell her she is fat or chubby or needs to lose weight. She could be going through a growth spurt, I know when my son does, he cannot stop eating. Some days I think he will burst. Also, take her out to play and get plenty of exercise.

Stifler's - posted on 12/07/2011

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Snacks high in protien rather than sandwiches and crackers might fill her up so she won't want to snack as much.

Christy - posted on 12/07/2011

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May sound weird, talk to her teacher to watch her closely so if you end up limiting what she eats, she isn't sneaking food, esp at school. I know she's only 6 but may help (assuming she's in school elsewhere).

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Cut down on junk foods and sweets, no soda, etc... Go w/ natural, whole grains, and limit processed stuff. If she's hungry between meals... fresh fruit or veggies. Get the whole family involved in fun exercise activities. Do not focus on her weight, but on the way to be healthy and active.

I don't know how much overweight she is, but remember.... she's 6 and will be growing for a long time. As long as you focus on healthy eating and fun exercise.... her height should grow into her weight fairly easily.

September - posted on 12/07/2011

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Only provide well rounded healthy meals and leave it at that. Don't let her overeat. When she wants more food give her a piece of fruit or some fresh vegetables. Good luck!

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