From Colette, Child's Age 8 - 10/17/01 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
My daughter weighs 132lb. She is 4ft.3in. tall. She knows she is bigger than she is suppose to be and I know it bothers her sometimes. She has expressed to me that kids have teased her I have basiclly band her from sweets at home. I keep a lot of fruit at home like apples, oranges, grapes ect. We eat pretty healthy because I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last november so i even have changed my way of eating. she has lots of friends but isn't very active physically because of her weight. She can't even tie her own shoes or get dressed by herself very well. My mom get's on me all the time about her and it upsets me because I am trying my best. I am financially limited so that doesn't help either, but I have been blessed by a friend recently and will be joining the YWCA soon and I hope the swimming will help. thank you for listening me go on any reply?
Reply from John, Child's Age 10 - 04/15/02  - IP#:
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Reply from Crystal, Child's Age 8 - 10/30/01  - IP#:
My doctor told me to start making my son eat atleast one salad a day. I told the doctor that he didn't like salad. The Dr. told me to make him eat it before he gets his dinner. It was a battle at first and still is at times, but he eats his salad!!! I found him some fat free dressing that he likes and that seems to help the ammounts that he eats for his lasst meal. Good luck!!
Reply from Sue, Child's Age 12 - 10/21/01  - IP#:
I did what you did, stocked up on fruit and banned sweets except for low calorie lollies.
The first thing you have to do is increase the exercise. Swimming is a great form of exercie and not boring for kids, so that will help a lot. I hate to say it but the teasing will probably get worse and upset her more as she gets older and when kids, girls especially, get nearer puberty they do become more sensitive about it.
Having said all that, I wouldn't do anything too drastic but just try and get her to eat less fat in her diet. It can be difficult to find out how much fat there is in certain foods but do go onto the internet and find out. All the information is there. You might be horribly surprised at just how fatty some foods are. In my case I was inadvertently giving my daughter portions that were too big so she just got used to eating more. We slowly cut it down. In fact, so slowly that she hardly noticed. She may have a slow metabolism and just not burn her food up as quickly, especially if she isn't getting enough exercise. Try and find her some food that she likes but lower calorie. Did you know that jelly (jello) comes in low fat version at only about 9 calories a portion. Add some lower fat cream and she has a tasty dessert. Also some home made soups can be filling but very low in fat and calories. I cheat and buy all mine but again go onto the internet and get some recipes.
Hope all this helps.