My 11 year old struggles with weight.
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User - posted on 06/24/2014
My youngest daughter will be thirteen this week. We have faced the same struggles as you and your daughter are facing. My daughter started gaining the "puberty weight" as we like to call it around 5th grade. By the end of 6th grade (this year) she was very self aware of her body and size. She is not what I would call over weight but she is not "stick thin" like many of her friends or other girls at school. We moved last year, she started middle school, got her period. Overall, I think her picking up a little weight was just the "final straw" for her. When she was at the doctor her doctor let her know where she was on the height and weight chart and that was helpful. I have four children and five bonus children and all the girls have went through the weight gain of puberty from 10-14yrs. I think the difference with my youngest is that she is being raised in more of a technology generation; at school, at home, with the use of social media, on line gaming etc, she just was not as active as my other girls. This summer she joined our local swim team and swims 3-4days a week. She goes with me to walk the dogs a few days a week. I am just trying to help her in making "healthier choices." We still do fast food on occasion (there are 9 kids in this family) but we try to choose healthier - if we don't well that's okay I don't comment about it or feel guilty. I have snack foods in the house but not as much as I use to keep during the summer and I have tried to make them healthier (baked chips, low-cal pop corn). We eat a lot more fruit and I cut up carrots and celery with dip. Frozen yogurt and greek yogurt with fruit is her new desert. Don't beat yourself or allow your daughter to beat herself up about having fast food. Everything is fine in moderation. It takes time, and this is such a tough age for her anyway. Just help her make healthier choices, feel good about herself no matter what size or shape. I know its hard, kids are tough on each other. I know its hard but its like anything you just have to keep at it each day. Puberty just sucks!
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