overweight 7yr old daughter

Ursula - posted on 08/07/2010 ( 212 moms have responded )

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Hi is there any way in which I can help my little angel to eat healthy.. What can I put in her snackbax to school? I think she eats too much bread.

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We had that problem and here is what I have done to solve it. Our girls would get half a PB&J sandwhich, an apple, and some broccoli. Oh and a bottle of water. I went up to the school and informed them that our children would bring their lunches everyday and if not then they would need a note to buy. The cafeteria put that notation in their system and would refuse our children food at meals unless they had a note. If our children acted out the school would call me and ask if they had had breakfast or a brought lunch. Then my child would get sent straight to the corner when they got home for lying to the school and for throwing a fit when there was no reason for it.
As for at home I went and bought some small plastic plates that looked like lunchroom trays only smaller. Our children get one serving of the main meal in the large section, and veggies, fruit or both in the other two. There is no going back for seconds and if they would like to throw a fit they can do it in their room and then go to the corner for inappropriate behavior. Most evenings after dinner we have extracurricular activities so the child or children that did would then get a veggie of their choice for a snack afterward. The snack was never bigger than what can fit in their hand and they didn't get "dip" to go with it. We always give them fruit and protein for breakfast or they can have 1cup of cereal with fruit. We measure the cereal and we let the girls measure they servings as well so they can learn portion control. It has been a long hard battle and there has been a lot or tears and tantrums. However our girls all feel better, look better, and have a lot more energy in their everyday lives.

good luck and god bless.

Jenn - posted on 08/07/2010

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Check the labels on what you are putting in her lunch box-if high fructose corn syrup is listed in the top 10 ingredients get rid of it. Research has shown HFCS actually causes the brain to not recognize it is full and leads to overeating. We got it out of our house and my youngest slimmed down. Also get her moving as much as possible outside. A diet isn't really needed just a lifestyle change. Of course make sure she doesn't have any health problems that could be causing weight gain. fresh fruits, whole grain english muffins (THomas no hfcs) with pnut butter or lean turkey or even grilled with cheese. water or caprisun with no high fructose corn syrup.

Nikki - posted on 08/07/2010

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A balanced diet, lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and whole grains. Get rid of any processed foods and cut out sugars and saturated fats.

Nicole - posted on 08/11/2010

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Hi Ursula. I think that it is great that you recognize that there could be an issue with your daughters weight. I think one of the most important things is that you make sure to not tell your daughter that she is overweight and needs to lose weight. I obviously have no idea what your family eats for meals and snacks and such but you have to make sure that you are not only changing what your daughter eats it has to be a change for what your whole family eats. You may think that you are eating fairly healthy but there are always changes that you can make. Switch everything to Whole grain. Make sure that it is not just whole wheat because it is not much better for you than white. When you each whole grains your body has to work harder to digest it and also when you eat simple carbs like white flour or sugar and fruit juices your body turns it to fat. White bread turns to sugar in your body which in turn turns into fat. A lot of peole don't know that. Fruit juice can be healthy in some ways but it is not a good choice. Eating fruit and veges are obviously the best. If you do get juice get the stuff that is fruit and veges and make sure to look to make sure that there is no added sugar. That is important not only for weight but for her teeth. Get her drinking a lot of water maybe make sure that there is always water in the fridge that is nice and cold. I used to have my own bottle in the fridge when I was younger. Make sure that with every snack you have a protein with it. So for example I don't know if you like Hummus or not but it is really tasty and very healthy for you. It is made out of chick peas. You could have hummus on some whole wheat crackers or you could give her apples with peanut butter on it. Raisins are really good and you could put them in some 1% real yogourt not the stuff that has a whole bunch of sugar and stuff in it or you could just add any kind of fruit to yogourt that is a very healthy and filling snack. Make sure she has a protein with every meal and every snack. Maybe look up on the internet different complete forms of protein. Protein keeps you fuller for longer and it also balances your sugar levels. Also watch portion sizes. Kids should be able to have some tasty fun things but just make sure that it is only once in awhile and that it is a small treat. There are so many small changes that you can make that make a huge difference. Another really good idea would be to talk to a nutritionist. My mother in law did that because she was trying to lose weight but felt like she was doing it wrong and she was so surprised with everything she learned. Just make sure that you don't make it seem like there is something wrong with your daughter that is so important and will have life long affects on your daughters eating habits for the rest of her life. I think it is so great that you are trying to do what you can to help your daughter it is very respectful. Good luck. Hopefully what I said will help.

Christina - posted on 08/08/2010

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I have struggled with weight issues most of my life, May I suggest that you only buy the wholesome stuff and YOU and other family members must model the behaviour you want to see. Do not buy any white bread buy wholesome whole wheat. More importantly what activity does your child engage in? Limit screen time by going for walks with your daughter plus you will have great private moments together that you will both grow to cherish. Action but do not isolate her it will only bring resentment.

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To be honest Im sick and tired of people wanting their kids to eat healthy all the time. I have twin girls, one is bigger than the other and eat the same amount of food, I always make sure they have a sandwich, wich they need, fruit and veggies and sugar free juice. To be honest you could feed your child the most healthiest food and they could still be over weight, im sick of people telling me how to feed my children, years ago it was never questioned and now im a bad mother if i dont give my kids their 5 a day, but we cant always afford that every day, Jamie Oliver has a lot to answe for and so does the government

Barb - posted on 08/13/2010

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As for consulting a doctor, your doctor should always be consulted with your concerns and ideas for solutions. Also, you want a doctor that is open-minded to all avenues that are safe options for your child.

Lisa - posted on 08/13/2010

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here's what my kids eat (ages 3-9yrs old)
for breakfast, I give them a high protein breakfast, eggs, with toast, or bagel, and a banana with blueberries.
For midmorning snack they get figs or apple
for lunch they get peanut butter with honey on whole wheat bread (actually I try to get Blue's whole grain bread) with carrots and celery. Mid afternoon snack, a yogurt
they get milk or water no juice no pop.
and dinner is whatever I'm making with salad or side veggies. the most important thing for a kid is to cut the extra calories especially late at night, foods that have calories and little else, like chips, cookies, juices, etc. and to make sure they play. We got rid of our tv three years ago, my kids are outside all day playing, running around. No video games, no tv, sure they read and play cards, but mostly its active stuff.

Jan - posted on 08/13/2010

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Keep healthly snacks available and do not have the not so healthly ones where they are easy to get to. Also try reading about the differences in food and their values. Also try not serving breads with meals or just one portion per person.

Ursula - posted on 08/13/2010

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My family and I had a lovely light meal,whch include lots of green leaves,cucumber,avocado and carrot sticks! My princess enjoyd it so much! We off to a good start! momma is happy now...=D

Kristen - posted on 08/13/2010

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Again, for all of you moms who want some awesome lunchbox ideas for school and health and nutrition ideas, articles go to ilunchbox.com. It's a great site and has some really great, healthy ideas for kids with lots of MOM ideas as well. Gluten free choices as well!!

Pene - posted on 08/13/2010

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If a child 6-10 refuses to eat what is put in front of them, then so be it. It may seem hard. Refusing to eat good healthy food should not be an option. Playing the 'I'll starve, throwing on the floor, or vomiting it up", I believe, is a ploy to get what they want. The child will not starve. We as parents are so scared that the child will be hungry and we're bad. Hey, they know that and they play on it. Believe me, one of my sons told me his tricks just this year, 10 years after the incident. He knew how to play mom. But today he likes healthy food, and he likes to cook.

The rule at the table was if you don't eat what is put in front of you, two things happen. You will not get seconds (if there are any) on the things you really like and your left overs are put in the fridge for the next meal. We are on a tight budget and food does not go to waste. If I am introducing a new food and do not put much on their plate just in case they don't like it, however they do need to eat what was served. They know my kitchen is not a restaurant, there are no other choices.



Think of it this way. Your body is a sophisticated machine. It needs the right fuel to make it run right. Like your car needs certain oils to keep it moving. Depending on what climate you are in, it needs different oils. But you cannot just add vegetable, olive or coconut oil, you need the specific kind your car needs. It may run for a while on the other but not for long and it may ruin its parts.



I don't want to come across mean, I want to sound like a mom who cares enough to say NO. You have all these little machines running around and you need to keep them running for along time.



Some people take care of their cars, boats, motorcycles, lawn mower, etc better than their children. You can do the same for your child(ren).

Wash them with your love,

Shine them with praise when they do something, whether it's an everyday chore or something they have accomplished,

Maintain them with your time, and

Fuel them with good food.

Greta - posted on 08/13/2010

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Give her only healthy whole foods at meals. Stop giving her deserts of sugar and fat. If she doesn't eat her meal, kitchen is closed. She can go to bed hungry. Do NOT try to make her eat. When she is hungry enough she will eat what is offered and learn to like it. Snacks are a bad habit that will make her fat for life. Stop giving her bread and chips and juice. She needs whole foods not processed foods. She can drink water or milk.
Consult a registered dietitian, not a doctor! Doctors are NOT trained in nutritional sciences.

Michelle - posted on 08/13/2010

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If you are interested, there is a movie you can watch at hulu.com called The Future of Food, that explains genetically modified foods in depth. It is about an hour and a half long. I also watched another movie called Hidden Dangers in Kids Meals, with Jeffrey Smith, which you can find on You Tube to watch it.

Paula - posted on 08/13/2010

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hi - this topic is one of my passions. i have 2 daughters, 7 and 10. i have fed them healthy since they began eating solid foods. they have beautiful hair and skin and are rarely ever sick. i think the goal is healthy and with that the weight will balance out. we have 3 healthy balanced meals and 2 healthy snacks in between. every weekend we go out for a special treat- desert. that way it is special. we eat lots of turkey breast, chicken breast, buffalo, cottage cheese (organic) fage yougurt , every veg. steamed or sauteed in olive oil, all fruits- especially berries. ezekiel bread- but only a pc or two per day with meals, rice crackers, brown rice. too much bread and especially white bread is just like eating sugar. every morning we have like 5 egg whites and 2 yolks scrambled, fiber cereal, fruit. for snacks we do a string cheese, fage, small cottage cheese, dried apple chips, or some wonderful snacks by a company called "just tomatoes" they have all veg and fruit dried without anything added- sooo healthy and so good. for lunch and dinner we will choose one of the healthy meats, 2 veg and fruit. we a
only drink water. our pediatrician's office believe juice is not good for kids- so many grams of sugar. anyway- this has worked great for us. anymore questions- i'd love to help.

Michelle - posted on 08/13/2010

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We avoid buying anything with corn syrup, corn, soy, or canola in it, which is in most processed foods. We stay with the most natural foods, organic when possible, and avoid genetically modified foods the best we can. Most breads in the store contain either corn syrup or soy which can cause weight gain and health issues. I have only been able to find bread without corn syrup or soy, in Trader Joes. They have a certain whole wheat bread there that is all natural ingredients, and no corn syrup or soy at all in it, if you can't make your own bread. We also eat alot of fruit, and no soda ever. We also do not go to fast food ever. We buy all natural peanut butter (just peanuts, peanut oil, and salt) and jams for sandwiches, not the processed peanut butter or corn syrup jams. Basically we do not buy it, if it has corn syrup, corn, soy, or canola in it, as we found out that those ingredients are genetically modified now, which can alter the way your body functions. They also can be under alot of different other names on packaging, so we eat as much unprocessed foods as possible. We do buy some natural products with corn or canola in them, only if they state "USDA organic" on them, meaning not genetically modified, but still stay away from corn syrup and soy, as soy has so much negativity I have read about. We also go lightly on oils, butter, and such when preparing foods. Sweets are just an occasional treat. By eating this way, my daughter has never had any weight issues. She is pretty thin. She eats breads everyday, but following the guidelines I wrote about. She has always eaten this way, so is accustomed to eating healthy. A sample lunch she eats, is all natural peanut butter and jam on the whole wheat bread I buy, with some organic corn chips and organic salsa, fresh fruit, and bottled water. Sometimes just the sandwich and fresh fruit for lunch, without the chips and salsa.

Nicole - posted on 08/13/2010

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A lot of people are saying to use whole wheat bread which is a bit better than white but you should make sure that you are getting whole grain because the whole wheat actually has a higher amount of carbs than white bread it just has a little bit more nutrition but if you are concerned also about weight gain using whole grain bread is much better. Your body has to work to digest it and it has a lot of fibre which is great for you. That is so important and so many people are mislead to think that whole wheat is a great choice but honestly it is not. Plus whole grain is so much tastier. I never used to eat it but now I love it. There are a lot of different varieties but my favoroits are the ones that are made in store they seem to have less junk in them. Good luck.

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oh gosh where to begin. I bet this is not about food. Sit down and put yourself in her place, both of you on the floor. close the door, turn off the cell and any other distraction and eye to eye talk.

Sometimes we control the only things we can control, what goes into our body. Explore her world, do not say BUT, it is her world according to her not as you see it.

Maybe after she eats she feels sick? Has she developed the gag mechanism so well it is right there on command? Is she angry, afraid? What's new in Her life, that she isn't happy with. Can you see her problem and do what ever it takes to make it better by understanding it?

If not now Mom when, she is approaching the time when it is almost impossible to close the door and sit down on the floor and really talk to each other.

Mothers and daughters so often go thru life butting heads and hugging. I wish it were easier.

I wouldn't bring another product into the house that has flour or sugar in it and don't make pizza available. She will not starve. I remember how hard it was to go without this stuff when mine were young. I wanted it too!

Melody - posted on 08/13/2010

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Raw fruits & vegies -no one eats enough of them & they are low in calories & fat but high in vitamins & minerals & fiber. Apples,clementines, bananas, grapes or any other fruit she likes. Baby carrots,celery sticks, tiny tomatoes even small bites of raw broccoli & cauliflower. If she does not like raw vegies then you can give her low fat ranch dressing, as a dip. also there are sugar free apple sauce & other canned fruits. Enjoy!

Pene - posted on 08/13/2010

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If she is overweight. Now is the time to teach her about nutrition. Getting her to eat healthy now will reflect on her lifetime. She may grow out of it but what if she doesn't. Start reading labels and don't bring junk food into the house. Also get the body moving. Either at the park or in a class, dance, martial arts, swimming, soccer, etc. Get the whole family on board.

When my kids (5) were young we ate pretty healthy, homemade from scratch. Now they are teens and I don't have to fight them to eat fruits & veggies. Sometimes I have to hide some so I can get any. Sure they like some junk, but eat alot better than most of their friends. I still don't buy junk food, no chips, sodas, candy etc. I will break down and buy ice cream about 4 times a year.

Even my two youngest 10 & 12 like my veggies sandwiches. Shredded carrots, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, lettuce, sliced avocados with homemade hummus (instead of mayo) on 100% whole grain bread. If we have alfalfa sprouts we add those. You might say the avocado has too much fat, but it's the good fat. The protein is in the chickpeas.

The Bible says "Train up a child in the ways he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." So true, habits we learn when we are young will carry on into adulthood, good or bad.

Jennifer - posted on 08/13/2010

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I have a similar problem with my 8 year old and I feed him very healthy at home. The 100 calorie packs are good for snacks but be cautious on choice. Some are higher in sugar and sugars break down and store as fat. I would be more concerned about school lunches. This is when I noticed my sons biggest weight gain. Although the schools boast nutritious lunches, they are usually packed high in calories and fat. Packing is often the better option.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/13/2010

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My daughter weighs 27.66 kg. My doctor, too, says that she will grow out of it. She was at 28.56 kg before. She is now taller, too. I make sure she is active, but our doctor said that you can't take all treats away from a child. Keep chips and so on a treat, and in small portions. Variety is a key. Too many fruits can be just as bad as sweets because of the amount of fructose and starch in them. A study was done in the USA on a 500 lb man. When told to eat more fruit and vegetables, he started to snack strictly on fruit. He gained another 40 lbs. When they told him to cut down on fruit and add variety, he finally started to lose weight.

Point being, hang in there! I'm with you on this one. My daughter has a tumbling class during the school year, then during spring and summer months, she participates in softball and swimming. She loves to ride her bicycle, too.

Amanda - posted on 08/13/2010

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My daughter is a bread eater as well, anything bread so i limit it. Apple chips are awesome and healthy, mix juice with 1/2 water. portion size but have to be careful that they still get enough, lean protein like chicken ( not chicken fingers) and exersize. My daughter loves doing yoga with me together.

TRACY - posted on 08/13/2010

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Keep up with the fruits and veggies, and cut back her carb. intake!! A good tip is to eat mostly fruits and veggies, proteins, and the last thing to consume is breads!! I run a day care, and our lunches always consist of more fruits and veggies, a protein of cheese and meat, and they get either 1 slice of whole wheat bread,crackers,or a small flat bread cut into wedges.Breakfast always has fruit first, then either toast,porridge,or a healthy choice of cereal. Eggs are given twice a week either for lunch or breakfast,(soft boiled chopped up with a little butter, they inhale it!!)
Bread is a hard thing to give up especially when they are used to eating it, change her habits now ,it will be easier now than later. Use a dip for her to dip her fruit and veggies in, they all love to DIP!! I do a strawberry yougurt with coolwhip mixed in it for fruit, and a three cheese dip or their favorite salad dressing for their veggies. They remind me if I forget to place it on their plates!! We get out twice a day for long walks or playing in the back yard,or at the park! Once you form a new habit they will ask you when are we going for our walk and they always ask what fruits they get to eat for breakfast and lunch!! I give them a choice of fruits they want , if you alow them to choose they are going to eat it as they made the choice themselves!! My kids parents are absolutely thrilled at what they eat,I have had kids who refused to eat fruits at first and now love them, kids are very much followers so if they see you and their friends eating healthy they too will want to do the same! It may be hard at first , but she will come around . Just keep the upper hand and you be in control of when the SPECIAL treats come out!! Good luck, your daughter will thank you in years to come !!!

Shirley - posted on 08/13/2010

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When my oldest daughter was very young, I had a problem with getting her to eat healthy. I lived next door to her grandmother, who seemed bent on giving her snacks just before mealtime. I finally sought the advice of a doctor, who immediately recommended taking the snacks away. I did, and 'voila', it worked. My point being, your daughter is 7 yrs.old, don't let her dictate what you, the mother, will feed her. If the only food available to her is healthy..... a child is not going to starve his/her self.

Kathy - posted on 08/13/2010

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I have raised 5 children and now have 7 wonderful grandchildren. It is so hard when they are at school, but at home you can set an example by what you eat. If she likes alot of bread use whole wheat and make sure she has enough protein and she will not crave the carbs. My daughter who is 24 now was a little overweight and she ate well, eventually as we know when they develop things change. I also made sure we had alot of outdoor activity. I always parked far away when we shopped, danced around the house, always kept my feet moving or tried LOL. Hope this helps

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I read an article recently that linked adult belly fat (and weight) to the amount of sugar we ate as children (and of course, currently eat as adults). Start looking at nutrition labels and if you have a choice between two items, choose the one that has less sugar. For instance, wheat thins have sugar, triscuits don't. Same with yogurts - some have lots of added sugar. Strictly limit sodas and juice "drinks" - they don't offer any nutrition. Fruit she can eat is much better for her than fruit juice and limit the bread - make sure it is whole grain. Ironically, you want to be careful about limiting fat in her diet - growing children especially need enough fat to aid in brain development. Ask your doctor about that one! (PS Getting your daughter started early on watching her sugar consumption may help protect her from Type 2 diabetes in the future, as excessive sugar consumption can create future problems with insulin resistance.) I agree with the other moms, though, to make sure her doctor agrees with changes you make.

Ursula - posted on 08/13/2010

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Hi Emma..glad to hear you from our beautiful country! :D Thank you for your comment.

Theresa - posted on 08/13/2010

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Limit the amount of sweets she gets, unless they are nautal sweets lke g=fruits, & veggies. if you take her grocery shopping w/you allow her to pick something out as long as it is in the produce section
Stay away from fast food make sure she is drinking 2%, or skim milk, and limit the amount of starches such as bread,

Richelle - posted on 08/13/2010

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This is very frustrating. My daughter was always a big girl, but, she is also tall. You can still give her fun snacks that she will enjoy and make them healthy choices at the same time. In the produce section you can pick up apple chips (my daughter LOVED these at her age). And you have no idea how much getting her involved in a sport will help. My daughter went thru soccer and cheerleading before deciding she was an awesome volleyball player! She just needs something fun for her :) Good Luck!

Linda - posted on 08/13/2010

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children learn by example! Play with her more and eat healthy yourself. For snacks send fruit such as grapes. Carrot and celery sticks are always good choices or cheese, You can also send low fat chips or popcorn.

Kristen - posted on 08/13/2010

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My friend has a great site called ilunchbox.com - check it out! And I personally work with overweight children doing a program called TLS Shape Up for Kids which teaches them healthy eating habits. We even have kids who have been thru the program partner with new kids. It's so rewarding and very successful. Check out www.marketamerica.com/krissiewiseman and look for info. on the TLS Shape Up Program! Good Luck!

Bernice - posted on 08/13/2010

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It's very difficult to change habits at age 7, but even more difficult when they become teenagers. I would encourage you to change her diet gradually so that it's not too overwhelming for her. I would suggest to start with the process of elimination without her noticing. Take something unhealthy out of her lunchbox and replace it with a healthy snack. The biggest secret is too not make a fuss of her being overweight. She musn't even be aware of it or else it becomes an obsession for her to loose weight. Just continue to show her that you love her and accept her just the way she is. You can also replace bread with provitas or crackerbread. If you give her sweets or chips, rather give her nuts and dried fruit or just normal fruit. You can even give her a boiled egg which helps if her blood sugar is a bit low. Bread (especially white) tends to make them tired & lethargic, whereas fruit, nuts etc. will give her more energy. Hope that helps!

Aiyana - posted on 08/13/2010

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I have five kids from ages 1 to 9. My oldest two I really have to watch. My 9yr old boy is over weight, but we have started him this last summer really working on getting the weight off. My 7yr old girl started putting on some chunk this summer as well. I really have to keep them active, but the main thing is PORTION CONTROL! My 7yr old can put away 6 tacos if you let her! I think if you cut back on the starches (Bread with her sandwich at lunch is not going to hurt her) and monitor the sugar intake she should be fine. Just find out what it is shes lacking. My 9yr old, I really have to watch how much sodium he eats, it makes him retain water and crave more, and keep an eye on his portions! With my 7yr old, I just try to keep her active!

Remember her stomach is only as big as her fist!

Megan - posted on 08/12/2010

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@Andy - Start working with what she likes and gradually make changes. Make food fun, do finger foods. Cut up fruit and make fruit kebabs if that will get her to try something different. My kids love home made pizza using pita breads as a base and adding whatever toppings they like. I chop them all up and put them in bowls and they make their own. My eldest is now 6 and loves to help with the cooking. I find he is far more willing to try the foods he has helped to make. And if he doesn't like it, we don't make a big deal of it. We praise our kids for trying something new and tell them how proud we are that they at least tried. we keep presenting it and eventually, sometimes they start to like it. Smoothies and home made icy poles made from fruit puree are also good. They can get all sorts of fruit into them and they get used to the flavours of different things. Gradually they move on to just eating the fruit itself. Good Luck!

Andy - posted on 08/12/2010

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Hey Im also from SA and my 8 yr old is also overweight but my problem is that she absolutely refuses to eat any new foods and only sticks to white refined carbohydrates. No fruit, no veges, no proteins but she loves pizza.
Ive even taken her to a dietician. I know what she should be eating but I cant get her to eat it. When I force her to try something. she cries and then vomits it out. Im beginning to think she has serious food issues and needs a shrink!!Anyone have any ideas?

Elda - posted on 08/12/2010

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4 slices bread for lunch? or for the whole day? If it's just for lunch then it is too much. The others are right, chips are totally unnecessary and very fattening. Shouldn't be eaten every day but maybe as a treat on weekends. Watch how much you put on her plate. Children need a lot smaller portions than you'd think, especially of meat. I used to cut an orange in quarters then freeze it in a plastic bag which acted as a coolant in the lunchbox. You can do that with water melon too.

Natasha - posted on 08/12/2010

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We had the same issue at the same age with my stepdaughter, we took her to a nutritionist, we had to write down everything she ate and the quantity, and what exercise she did. It was a bit annoying, but definitely worth it, especially because she could see it all there. We don't write it all down any more, but she is more aware now, and it has kept her wanting to eat right (most of the time).

Donna - posted on 08/12/2010

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I actually know a perfect drink you can put in her box. It has 5 servings of raw, organic fruits and veggies, etc. My kids ask for it all the time. www.mynuriche.com/healthybynature
715-392-7410

Darci - posted on 08/12/2010

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My pediatrician says your child is most likely to grow up to be the size of their parents because the child has the parents genes and well what ever your eating habits are will become your childs as well. We learn from our parents. So I say this not meaning to be rude in anyway. If you or your husband are overweight then I would start there figure out what kind of food you are buying and making for the family. If you two are not over weight and are average size then i guess figure out what you are feeding your child that you guys arent eating. Sometimes it is hard not to just throw chicken nuggets in the microwave for lunch for your kids cuz its so quick and easy. But those kinds of foods are so fatty I try to avoid feeding my son these like chicken nuggets and hot dogs and mac and cheese type foods. I usually give him left overs from dinner for lunch or peanut butter and jelly is actually pretty good for them protien. Tuna fish sandwich if she will eat tuna. I just make sure to cook healthy dinners. My son has a pretty strict schedule I have to keep him on it or he gets real grumpy he eats breakfast then lunch then a snack then dinner. I try to give him pretty healthy snacks. once in a while he gets some fruit snacks or pop sickles or something. Some healthy snacks you can give your child is any kind of fruit thats always a good choice for my son. Cheesy goldfish. yogurt. kashi cereal bars. Your daughter is older then my son so she has all her teeth you could give her trail mix that usually has m&ms in it but has nuts and raisens in it too and thats good. multi grain crackers, Annies brand has good multi grian crackers and little cookies that are kinda like teddy grahms.Dried fruit is a good one my son loves dried fruit. Carrots. Celery with peanutbutter on it and raisens. Well i hope that was helpfull, probably more information then you wanted but I hope it helped. Good luck :)

Rachel - posted on 08/12/2010

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I have an overweight 9 yr old. I have learned several things. I can't refuse him food I am guilty of eating myself. I give him a good balanced breakfast, 2 hrs later a snack (fruit) then lunch balanced, 2 hrs later snack(fruit) or nothing more than 15-18 grams of carbs; limit to 60 grams of carbs per day. then dinner plenty of water of zero powerades, no sugar. hope this helps 20 min of play per day or more. twenty minutes dont have to be all at one time. Hope this was helpful...

Shayna - posted on 08/12/2010

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It is not always about what they eat. Encourage her to get daily exercise, and to play outside.

Carisa - posted on 08/12/2010

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In my opinion, juice is a big problem...it has a lot of sugar, and regardless of the the commercials say, a nutritionist would not consider it a serving of fruit (part of the benefit of fruit and veggies is the fiber) I give my girls milk and water...they only get juice on special occasions...good luck!

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Hi Ursula

She cannot be 85 CM. My daughter is aged 8,135 CM and 23 KG and though she is light for her height she is not over tall for her age. Your daughter must be at least 120 CM.

Both my girls are very active as we do not use a car Monday-Friday and therefore they walk 5KM+ going and from to their after school activities each day. I think walking is the key as well as a good diet.

Best of luck.

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