From Lisa, Child's Age 11 - 09/11/05 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
My daughter has been getting really heavy. She is only 11 and weighs in at 185lbs. She is only 5'2". I buy her healthy things and pack her healthy things for lunch, but I think she takes things from her friends and borrows money from them and buys pizza, I told her friends parents to not let their kids loan my daughter money, so that way she could get healthier but it just breaks my heart to her getting heavier and pack on the weight, if you have any suggestions please post. Thanks, Lisa.
Reply from Miranda, Child's Age 12 - 12/29/06  - IP#:
You can't force your Child to exersize or do anything they don't want to. You can limit time spent on the computer or watching TV. Try and find some cool music your kids like and ask them to do an aerobic workout with the music on. Try and eat healthy foods most of the time and don't eat fast food if you can avoid it. also try to talk to your child and make them aware that there are health risks associated with being over weight. Hope this helps!

Reply from Mary, Child's Age 12 - 09/23/05  - IP#:
We'll if your child is that weight and height, maybe you should have her do workouts in front of you, or take her to a gym. Maybe everyday you and your daughter should do situps, pushups, and crunches. If she can not do those then you should make her wear gith clothes, that way she'll see her body image and when she see's her stomach she may say to herself i have to start dieting. Teach her how to do situp's.

Reply from Marie - 09/14/05  - IP#:
Debbie is right, she may know she is overweight but have you ever told her she has the power to change it? So many kids think this is where they are and they can't make a difference so they continue to eat. Let her know that you love her but care about her health and teach her why some foods are better then others. I teach my daughter to never compare herself to others and focus on only herself and her body that God gave her. Let her know that she is in control of her choices and that yes she will stay this weight if she continues to make the choices she is making. She will lose weight when she feels impowered and confident that she can do it herself. Make sure all choices at home are healthy ones and no t.v watching during mealtimes.

Reply from Lisa, Child's Age 11 - 09/11/05  - IP#:
Thank you Debbie!

Reply from Debbie, Child's Age 13 - 09/11/05  - IP#:
It is impossible to control what our kids eat at school when schools allow them to buy extra foods and snacks. Don't tell her friends parents not to let their kids loan her money or give her food though. She'll find out about it and feel different and embarrassed. I personally think that you need to make sure that you pack healthy lunches but they must be appealing to her too. My son likes turkey breast but hates dark breads so we compromise by packing turkey on a thin white bread and he chooses to use a spicy mustard instead of mayo or cheese. Then I usually send a low calorie yogurt or fruit and I always include a snack he likes. That is usually some animal crackers(not cookies), those mini flavored rice cakes(about 50 calories) or they even have those 100 calories snack bags now. All of those snacks are empty calories but at least he doesn't feel like his whole lunch is diet food. Sometimes I throw in a cheese stick but he usually ends up saving it and eating it after school. The best thing you can do is to support your daughter by letting her know how much you love her and admire her. Live a healthy lifestyle at home by eating good and being active as a family so that it becomes a natural thing to her and she may find herself making better choices at school. Engage her in conversation but let her do most of the talking because over eating and being overweight is definitely about something inside of us and not so much about the food. Good Luck and just love that child as much as possible and don't make her weight an issue because she already knows that she is overweight and pointing it out won't help. With a caring concerned parent like you behind her she will find the strength she needs to find when she decides it is time to lose weight.