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Child worried about weight now...what do I do?

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Voices: icequeen_ah, Cieron, moosemama1, hanford, Nurullah, merw, and andrrew321

Jan 13, 2010 12:53am

icequeen_ah icequeen_ah
61 posts

I Lost 5 Lbs! I Lost 10 Lbs!

BTW, lost in all my weight loss issues is that now my 8 yo is worried about calories. Normally an ok thing but my daughter is actually UNDER weight and barely eats already.

I’m trying to teach her that for her especially it’s about healthy choices and eating pastas, etc, so she has energy and puts on a bit of weight (her dr recommended she gain a bit). Plus she’s very very active (ballet, etc) so she needs the energy.

How do I make sure I balance my needs to diet with making sure I don’t turn her into someone with an eating disorder?

 
Jan 13, 2010 1:00am

Cieron Cieron
63 posts

I Burned 25K Calories! I Lost 5% I Lost 20 Lbs! I Burned 5,000 Calories! I won October! I Lost 10 Lbs! I Lost 5 Lbs!

How about explaining that people put on weight when they don’t do enough activity and only then have to count calories to lose weight? Because of her ballet etc she doesn’t have to worry.

Also, how about emphasising the need to be fit, rather than losing weight and counting calories? It’s positive, realisitic, and something we should all concentrate on anyway.

 
Jan 13, 2010 2:11am

icequeen_ah icequeen_ah
61 posts

I Lost 5 Lbs! I Lost 10 Lbs!

Good point…especially about the activity part.

I’m also trying to “use” my health issues with why I have to watch what I’m eating but because she’s healthy (Thank God) she doesn’t have to count calories and she actually needs to eat a bit more. I’m figuring that way she can see a difference…she’s always trying to do what I did/am doing, and it’s such a fine line.

I just wanted some advice because it IS such a fine line. :)

 
Jan 14, 2010 11:59am

moosemama1 moosemama1
12 posts

I Lost 35 Lbs! I Burned 50K Calories! I Lost 20 Lbs! I Ran 100 Miles! I Lost 10 Lbs! I Burned 5,000 Calories! I Lost 5 Lbs!

Be careful – you state that she is healthy and doesn’t have to count calories – but make sure you don’t convey that thin equals healthy. Talk about food not in terms of caloric content – but in vitamins and nutrients and what they can do for your bodies.

It’s a tough age – my daughter is 10 and worries already too. We meal plan together, and I make sure she gets to choose the veggies she likes, etc.

Good luck!

 
Jun 19, 2010 11:52am

hanford hanford
9 posts

I Lost 10 Lbs! I Walked 100 Miles! I Lost 5 Lbs! I Burned 5,000 Calories!

My mom and older sister were dieting when I was age six to when I was eighteen, and it impacted me rather strongly, because the effect of dieting—what was actually going on in the body, not just ‘getting thinner’—wasn’t explained to me until much later on.

As someone who’s been a weight-worried kid, the best advice I can offer is to remind your daughter that she’s still growing and needs to get enough nutrients to help her grow, and enough calories to provide her with the amount of energy she uses. Maybe if you explained how calories work it would help her understand that she needs them at her age? Kids use a lot more energy than most adults, I’ve found, because they run around all the time and stay active for most of the day (when they’re not sitting in a school desk, that is).

I’ve worked in childcare and I’ve found that, when dealing with kids, explaining things with analogies helps them stick. If you can find some analogous thing that your daughter is interested in and/or already understands, the comparison might help calories make more sense. (Once I explained how calories work to a seven-year-old boy by comparing it to putting gas and oil in a car so it will run properly.)

I hope your daughter is okay and that you find a way to resolve the issue!

 
Feb 23, 2013 11:37am

Nurullah Nurullah
11 posts

Before you can lose any weight, you have to understand how weight loss works. Your metabolism a fancy word for your energy level.Think of your metabolism as a motor in your body that has a function of keeping you active and burning off calories. As you get older, your metabolism slows down.
http://www.twomn.com/how-weight-loss-works

 
Mar 29, 2013 12:48pm

merw merw
19 posts

Maybe try a little mix of telling her “your body won’t be able to function without at least 1400 calories”, or whatever her recommended number is and have her realize she is not eating enough, maybe she is just a “nerd” at heart and needs to see the numbers in order to be persuaded. I am very similar.
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May 25, 2013 6:49am

andrrew321 andrrew321
4 posts

The way to lose weight and keep it off is a lifestyle change, you have to look at it from a different perspective. we live in bodies that love to gain weight and a society that caters to that with more junk food than we know what to do with. having the attitude that you are helping your body become more healthy is the best motivation to diet also, exercise not only helps you loose weight and reshape your body it gives you increased energy overall. its more than just cutting down on sweets and junk, its a whole body change, that includs our mentality.
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May 25, 2013 6:50am

andrrew321 andrrew321
4 posts

The way to lose weight and keep it off is a lifestyle change, you have to look at it from a different perspective. we live in bodies that love to gain weight and a society that caters to that with more junk food than we know what to do with. having the attitude that you are helping your body become more healthy is the best motivation to diet also, exercise not only helps you loose weight and reshape your body it gives you increased energy overall. its more than just cutting down on sweets and junk, its a whole body change, that includs our mentality.
drink clean and filtered water and to know about water filtration click here http://www.ezdia.com/epad/water-filter-reviews-…


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