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Dove - posted on 01/21/2015

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Absolutely don't ever put a 2 year old on a 'diet'... ever.

Unless there is a diagnosis (like Celiacs), toddlers need grains for proper growth and development.

Now... cutting out junk food and extra sugars is fine. We could all use some of that. ;)

You don't need a 2 year old to lose weight though... just grow into the weight if they aren't also tall.

16kg is on the heavy side for a 2 year old (35 pounds... average weight of a 4 year old), but that doesn't necessarily mean there is a problem. A friend of mine had a 40 pound one year old... and he never had any 'junk food' at all at that age. He was just naturally a VERY big child. Perfectly healthy.

Kimberly - posted on 01/22/2015

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Never ever put your kid on a diet! Kids will thin out eventually once there more active and playing around my daughter was big for her age until she started running around and going all day. Just feed your kid right and it will all work out in the end.

Dove - posted on 01/21/2015

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I would not drop down to skim milk just yet as the fat is still good for brain development, but going from whole down to 2% at 2 years old is OK.

If the doctor isn't worried... you shouldn't be either. Just keep letting her have healthy meals and snacks and plenty of physical activity.

Sonia - posted on 01/19/2015

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It's okay put her on a sugar free and grain free diet and no fast food for 2 months also take her for walks regularly. And don't stress you will see results I did it for one of my children a few years back.

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Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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I have heard that too, but I don't remember where. I would think that 2% is good for kids.

Dove - posted on 01/21/2015

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True Sarah. Skim could be fine. I have 'heard' (no, don't remember when or where) that some now advise waiting til 5 to make the switch.... who knows? ;)

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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I would advise following your doctor's advice. My doctor generally advises kid switch from whole to 2%,1% or skim at age 2. That is the AAP guideline as well.
Keep trying with the veggies, my kids didn't like cooked veggies when they were two but would eat them raw.

Angie - posted on 01/21/2015

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She loves her fruits but not the veggies. I could change whole milk to skimmed milk. The doctor says i.shouldnt really bother that she is a large healthy baby that overtime she will stretch out.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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Has your doctor advised you to cut out cereal and milk? If you use whole milk, maybe cut down to 1% or skim?

Angie - posted on 01/21/2015

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Thanks moms for all the inputs. My DD doesnt love fastfood. She loves whole grain cereal which she eats more with milk. She takes protein and carbs. Shes big boned anways.

Am thinking if to reduce milk intake and cereals

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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I never disputed that. What I disagreed with was a sugar free/grain free diet for a two year old. We did not ever even find out if this child is truly overweight. A 35 lb two year old is not unheard of, especially if the child is tall, has always been in the upper percentages for ht/wt, or is gearing up for a growth spurt.

Trisha - posted on 01/21/2015

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The only reason I am contradicting you, is because good nutrition is not common sense for everyone. It IS worth mentioning that a poor diet should be altered if it is what is occurring.

Trisha - posted on 01/21/2015

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I would agree, but what you and I see as good nutrition, and the way to go is not necessarily how other people think/function.
I know I was raised on juice, fruit snacks, freezer pops, pop, sugary cereals.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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I don't give my kids, especially when they were little, refined sugar, this is part of good overall nutrition. Obviously a diet filled with juice and sugary foods is not healthy and removing them may result in weight loss. That is different from designing a sugar free/grain free diet with the intent of losing weight. IMO removing refined sugar is not the same as putting your child on a weight loss program. If the removal of unhealthy parts of a child's diet results in weight loss, then that is a benefit of better nutrition.

Trisha - posted on 01/21/2015

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I don't see any harm that would be made from reducing refined sugar intake for anyone, regardless of age. Refined sugar is not healthy period. Fruits would be a great replacement.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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Angie, I did some research on this matter. Is your child tall as well? Has your child always been in the higher percentages on a growth chart?
According to the AAP:
".. weight reduction plans for children are not recommended unless they have health complications. Restricting calories could impair optimal brain development and growth potential. By the time a child is two, he has reached 50% of his adult brain size. From three to six years of age is the period of most rapid growth when his brain grows to 95% of adult brain size. If protein and/or calories are limited during these growth periods, intelligence and/or potential height may be lower."

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2015

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It is not ok to put a 2 yo on a sugar free, grain free diet. 2yo should not be eating fast food anyway. Angie, discuss your child's weight with your pediatrician. Some kids bulk up and than have a growth spurt.

Gena - posted on 01/17/2015

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What exactly are you worried about?My 4 year old weighs 16kg..he is very tall for his age..but also slim.

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