From Sabrina, Child's Age 8 - 01/28/02 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
My step daughter is overweight. She is a very picky eater. When we go out, all she will eat is chicken fingers with ranch dressing. She does not eat fruit except bananas or many vegetables. She eats lots of bread and her favorite meal at home is spaghetti. She rarely gets any exercise, and I can't force her. Are bread and spaghetti fattening?
Reply from Ashanta, Child's Age 13 - 04/10/02  - IP#:
Pasta's and breads are not fatening and are good for you, however too much bread and pasta and not enough fruit and vegtables are not good for you, My ex-husband was a nutritionist, so i know alot about these things, if your daughter is overweight and wants to loose weight tell her that eating the vegtables will help her loose weight, she'll probably eat them then.
Reply from MISS ADAMS AT COLAGE, Child's Age 10 - 02/01/02  - IP#:
my daughter is alot like u. she is probally like this because of the chjanges in her life that have took place. just leave her for a few months to become more settled and then she may think that if she looses the weight and eats healthly she may become like a supermodel with brillant and radient feacheres,
good luck!
Reply from Sue, Child's Age 12 - 01/28/02  - IP#:
This is very tricky because, as you say, you can't force her to eat anything, although very often children's tastes change and develop as they get older. My daughter was very fussy until about 8 or 9 and then started to try other foods but there are still foods that she won't eat.
Bread and spaghetti can be fattening but you can get low calorie/low fat slimmer's bread. You can also buy low fat spaghetti, which tastes the same. The sauces that go into spaghetti are fattening but again you can get low cal versions and just not put as much sauce on. I don't know where you live but in the UK virtually everything now is labelled for the fat content, which is what you need to be reading on labels. Just look for low fat versions of the spaghetti and slimmer's bread. Also, check that the portions aren't too large. Sometimes the more that is put on the plate, the more they eat so they just get used to larger quantities. If necessary reduce the portions gradually. I don't know how high in calories or fat ranch dressing is. Maybe just reduce how much of that she has.