Is my 5 yr. old son overweight at 56.6 lbs.?

Lisa - posted on 04/01/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Would a doctor consider my son "overweight" at 44" and 56.lbs.? I just don't understand those percentile charts! What are they basing that data on anyway? He is as healthy as can be and happier than most... that's what they should point out. He's not walking the catwalk!

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Iridescent - posted on 04/01/2012

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If you guys are naturally muscular, it could be that simple! His BMI may actually need to be on the upper end because while on average at that weight and height a child is obese, muscle weighs more than fat for any given volume. The doctor can check to find out his fat % though to see if his weight is healthy for him, and what his personal BMI range trends towards. BMI isn't the end all and be all - it's just a general guide, and takes a good doctor and dietitian at times to find out what is best for each individual person.

Iridescent - posted on 04/01/2012

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http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/ you can calculate it here very easily. Not everyone that is obese is unhealthy, but more people that are obese are unhealthy in general that those that are of a healthy weight. It's a huge concern in the US because obesity is at epidemic proportions in our country. I have 2 kids that are 44" right now, one just turned 5 and one turns 5 next month. One weighs 43.8 pounds, the other weighs 40.2 pounds. The second is slightly underweight. The first is right on but her diet is very closely controlled by a team of doctors. As a child, it is more important to not lose weight but to increase activity and begin a healthy lifestyle they can use the rest of their lives.



The data is based on many factors - the biggest being when health problems tend to occur due to weight, and it's well documented.

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Veronika - posted on 04/04/2012

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You have a great attitude about the situation. Even if he is over what is considered customary for his age, your attitude toward the situation is terrific. My niece has always been thick as a child, and now as a teenager. Her mom and grandmother have been telling her she is chunky and needs to loose weight since she was 5 years old. Now she struggles with low self esteem and emotional eating, Telling them they are fat or need to watch what they eat is mean and damaging to self esteem. It is much better to adjust the food choices within the home and increase activity, while telling them they are perfect and loved just the way they are. You are doing the right thing.

Michelle - posted on 04/01/2012

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It's also not just what he eats but how much. Portion size also needs to be taken into consideration.

Lisa - posted on 04/01/2012

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Thank you Iredescent,

I still need to be an example for my son either way. It is my job to teach him right from wrong. Lacking exercise is a problem I continue to struggle with. Too many treats is an issue too. If he does have a weight problem it is my fault. I buy the groceries. I must change my ways and pray he will follow. I refuse to be one of those Moms who tells their child they are fat. He will continue feeling good about himself and hopefully learn to make better choices in the meantime. I will make this happen without him even realizing what is happening. Like playing follow the leader! Thanks for the great advice! =)

Lisa - posted on 04/01/2012

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Oh my goodness! That calculator scares me! My son is vocoder "obses" and is sitting ing the 99% for his age! He is a very muscular child with a build like me and my husband. I couldn't be skinny no matter what. My body is thick no matter what! Even at 17% body fat I still weighed 140 lbs. I was 160 lbs. at 12 yrs. of age and was teased to the point of no return. I was miserable! I DO NOT want Kyler to ever experience that feeling! Thank you so much for sharing the calculator. We generally eat healthy but Kyler eats lots. He loves all foods especially fruits and veggies... But lots of them! I will contact his dr. tomorrow and start making changes within our family meal plans before it is too late!

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