4yr old overweight! Any suggestions to curb weight gain?

Jordon - posted on 01/10/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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This is all according to growth charts, My 4 yr old is in the 83% class of weight for children her age. Her height is only in the 25% class of children her age. I am concerned because her weight is only 2% away from the 85% class which health officials consider the "area for concern". But considering that she is shorter than 75% of children her age and weights more than 83% of children her age wouldn't that make her over weight? Even if the height is irrelevant, I absolutley do NOT want her to slip into the 85% class. So my question where do I start with her? She eats the same foods I, my husband, and 6 yr old son eat and we have no problems with weight gain. However my husband and I have parents on each sides that struggle with weight. After watching my father and sisters struggle with their weight I am worried for her and her self image throught her life. Any suggestions of implimenting healthy eating habits now for a 4 yr old?

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Pichild - posted on 11/01/2013

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1st of all her self image will be shaped by you..if you tell her she's fat she WILL believe you....so do not do that to her... encourage activities that she enjoys ... keep an eye on her food intake ...but please for the love of God build her up dont tear her down...let nature take it's course ...taller will come with time

Sharon - posted on 01/16/2012

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Provided she is eating a healthy well-balanced diet I think she'll be fine. Those charts are a guide, and from what I have heard from alot of other moms, there aren't too many that fall in the 50% 'normal' range...most are too big or too small. I think if she looks in proportion, and healthy, and is eating well then she'll be ok.

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Jordon - posted on 01/12/2012

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Ok using Cherish's link my daughter is in the 72% for weight. and the 8th% for height! So she is my chubby little short cakes! I do think it is important for my whole family (including my self) to have good eating habits. Especially since there seems to be a trend of over weight people in our family genes. I agree the best way teach is leading by example! These have been some great suggestions thank you!

Kimberly - posted on 01/11/2012

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I would start with what she puts into her mouth, my her choices so she has healthy options. Lots of fruits,veggies, wholegrain breads, low gi. Try to stay away from alot of prepackaged foods. Just make the family eat the same things to, start going for walks all together or playing games that involve moving around. If she is eating healthy and not eating huge amounts then you have done all you can do really, you shouldnt really puts kids on a 'diet' as teaching them to make healthy choices will serve them better in the long run. Hope that helps some

Tina - posted on 01/11/2012

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Reward her for eating healthy. Have a star chart or something so that every time she makes a healthy choice she gets a star and once she accumulates so many stars she gets a reward. Praise her. Have healthy snacks available pack her lunch with fruit and even carrots and that sort of thing. Also lead by example. Have fun with her. Have a little bit of play time outside. If she likes to play vidoe games occasionally try games that involve being active like the x box kinect. Just a suggestion if she's into that or starts taking interest in it later on.

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