obese girl age 8

Lydia - posted on 03/08/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 8 and weighs 59 kg. Please advice on tips that can help her lose some kilos

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Sarah - posted on 03/09/2015

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Oh no, I just was trying to say that something like martial arts may do more for her self discipline and self esteem. No worries!

Trisha - posted on 03/09/2015

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:) Sorry Sarah, I didn't mean to contradict what you were saying... I understood where you were coming from. I just know that if I don't love what I am doing when I am working out/excising it just becomes a chore. Hell, the most I do for cardio is 5 mins a day when I am working out. The rest is weightlifting, because that is what I enjoy.

Sarah - posted on 03/09/2015

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I did suggest soccer, mostly because it is inexpensive. Trisha is right, find an activity that she likes and will help build her self confidence as well.

Trisha - posted on 03/09/2015

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As someone who has struggled with her weight basically all her life, I can tell you that the best thing for you to do is find a physical activity SHE likes. I hated soccer. BUT I absolutely loved Judo, and would have been very into any martial art. It is a very physical sport, and empowering. It also gave me confidence.

I was only chubby as a child, but as a 25 year old I topped out at 250 lbs, which is 113 kilos.

Weight is a very difficult thing to control, and all the sudden restricting things for her is going to be very hard on her self esteem. Even for myself when I started losing weight I did everything very slowly.

To help her maintain any self esteem, do NOT limit just her. If there are limits set in place, do it for the entire family, under the concept of "This house is getting healthy", not "You need to lose weight, so we aren't going to let you consume *this*".

As both Toni and Sarah suggested:
1. Cut out soda/juices. Drink only water and milk.
2. Sample a bunch of fruits/vegetables for snacks. Find stuff you family enjoys consuming and stock up with those. Get rid of ALL other unhealthy, high sugar/carb snacks. Potato chips, crackers, candies.
3. Find healthy alternatives for meals. Make a meal plan each week to help you save on money, reduce wasted food. To be honest, I love meal planning as I don't have to stress about 'what's for dinner' questions. It is on my calendar on my phone and I know exactly what is for dinner.
Some suggestions:

Tortilla pizzas
-Brush the tortillas in olive oil and bake in oven till stiff for the crust

Veggie sandwiches
-Lightly buttered toast with tomatoes, lettuce, onion, green pepper, cheese, oregano feta salad dressing

Tuna melts
-slice of toast, with tuna salad on it, with a topping of an onion slice and 2 slices of cheese on top, bake in oven until melted

Chicken salsa casserole
-an onion & green pepper chopped into bit sized pieces covered with a layer of chicken fillets, covered by 2 cups of salsa, baked until cooked through (about 45 mins), then covered with a layer of cheese and baked for another 10 mins until golden brown and bubbly on top, served with sour cream and bean paste

Smooties!
Juice, source yogurt (lowest calorie stuff out there), frozen fruit. Blended up.

Steak/pork chops/chicken breasts & Caesar Salad

I wish you the best of luck! Don't stress about this process. If you have any sort of anxiety about it, your kids will pick it up. Be excited about your household getting healthy and they should embrace it fine, as long as you make it fun/tasty.

Toni - posted on 03/08/2015

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Hi , I would think if you cut out juice and sodas,to start. Only water,milk. Larger portions of protien, veggies and fruit,at meal time.

Sarah - posted on 03/08/2015

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First a complete physical and blood work to rule out any type of thyroid or hormonal issue. Once you determine her health is in order, enroll her in a sport like soccer. It is not expensive, and is easy to learn. Examine her diet and limit her intake of white flour products and foods that are high in sugar. Replace juice or soda with water and try to get her to snack on fruit and veggies. Also, turn off the TV, iPod, video games and computer. To be an overweight child can be very hard socially so be supportive of her small successes. Best of luck.

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