From MomINky, Child's Age 9 - 12/07/12 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
My daughter is 9 years old and weighs aprox 110lbs. She is not "fat" but most her weight is centered in her belly. She is begging me to wear a bikini to her pool party but I am horrified at the thought. How do I tell her, without hurting her, that she does not have the body for a bikini?
Reply from Jeanie, Child's Age 9 - 01/02/14  - IP#:
My daughter is 9 and weighs 110 pounds too. She is tall and has big feet and hands. I don't think she is fat but is a husky girl but her doctor says she is obese. She takes a size 5 and a half shoe...her friends all take size 1 or 2. She is healthy and smart but I worry all the time. She eats a lot of vegetables and only high fiber breads, cereals makes it even harder to live in the san Francisco bay area where in our particular town of san carlos, most parents have had their kids on a low carb low fat diets....most of the kids here don't eat bread, butter, pasta...etc....they all look like bean poles compared to my girl.
Reply from Megan - 02/01/13  - IP#:
Tell her she is a little to young to wear a bikini
Reply from Sandra, Child's Age 12 - 01/31/13  - IP#:
I feel for you: my 12 year old daughter is exactly the same. Just refuse, is my advice. She can't make you let her wear a bikini, so you have the final word.
Also, i would really advise not letting her wear a bikini from personal experience. My 16 year old wore a bikini once to a swimming session with her friends and came back in tears saying her friends had teased her about the little overhanging roll of fat she got when she wore her bikini. Her self confidence took a real knock that day and i think thats one of the reasons she started comfort eating.
I hope my two cents are at all helpful.
Reply from Joe, Child's Age 13 - 12/11/12  - IP#:
Sorry, I'm speaking as a dad, but I see little girls at the beach or at pools wearing bikinis and it's no big deal. Chubby girls, thin girls, heavy girls---they're just girls at age 9, not women. So, I don't mean to criticize, but let your daughter wear the bikini if she wants. Or are you afraid she going to be teased by her friends? That's another situation entirely.