I have 2 beautiful littel girls, 7&9....My oldest(DD#1) is tall, lanky a size 10 and apx 70lbs...my youngest(DD#2) is short and stocky, a size 14 (for her waist size only) and apx 85lbs....they are 2 completely different kids and body styles....when DD#2 was almost 5 years old I noticed her starting to gain a little extra weight....she HAD been growing properly and along the same sizes as DD#1 at her age. We took DD#2 to the doctor to have her checked for thyroid issues and diabetes, along with alopecia due to me noticing 3 small spots of hair missing on her head....everything came back normal, the Dr said the alopecia was probably temporary and her hair would grow back (it eventually did). They said that DD#2 would have a growing spurt and be fine.....Now, 2 years later, she has outgrown her older sister as far as clothing size, not height.
I am a working mom, and DH works as well, we are up at 5am to get ready for the day and out the door no later than 6:30 to get the kids to daycare and to work by 7am. We usually don't get home from work and daycare until apx 5pm...the girls are in bed by 7:30pm, so we don't really have the time for after school activities. The girls eat the same portions and DD#1 usually asks for seconds where DD#2 doesn't. We limit sweets/deserts to 2 days a week(Wednesday and Saturdays) unless there is a birthday or special occasion.
I have also limited their grandmothers' visits due to her continuously calling DD#2 "Chubby". I don't need my 7 year old to have a complex and turn out having an eating disorder....
The doctors don't seem concerned about DD#2's weight.....I know kids grow differently and at different weights/heights...but, should I consult a specialist?? Or am I over reacting? Or, should I just wait another year or so and hope for that growing spurt the doctors keep saying she will have?
I just want another mothers opinion, DH isn't concerned like I am....Thanks a bunch!
My girls are the 2 younger ones in the blue and pink
I would focus on healthy well balanced foods, not calories. Healthy family activity (go for family hikes, bike rides, a walk after dinner) Don't focus on your daughters weight. Just on families overall well being and activity.
Food intolerances can cause you to retain extra weight. I've tried a million times in my life to lose weight and nothing was working.. After the last time trying to eat healthier, I was getting a lot of stomach problems. I had started eating more whole grains etc. I cut out gluten and that with an overall healthier lifestyle I have been able to lose weight, and keep it off. If I eat gluten, I notice a significant change (in a bad way) on the scale within a week.. I'd look into it, it may be difficult to figure out if/what she could be intolerant to or allergic to but it's worth a try.
I would be concerned...7 yrs old and 85lbs...my 9 yr old ds doesn't even weigh that much. Maybe get a second opinion or change eating habits...like, grain free or gluten free? Maybe its an allergy to food that is contributing to her weight?
I would like to say that if her doctor doesn't seem to think that there is a problem then don't worry about it, but nowadays it's hard to determind how accurate these doctors are with their common knowledge and degree that they somehow earned.
i can tell you that my 7 yr old son is 50lbs and 50inches.
i guess that's good.
but if you are that concerned maybe get a second opionion from another pedi.
Please don't compare your childs weight to the other folks on this boards kids. There are so many different body types and heights that you really can't do that to judge whether she is overwieght or not.
My son is 7 and weighs 74 pounds. I worry that he does't weigh enough because I can count his ribs. His 10 year old sister weighs 80 pounds. They have different body types just like your girls do.
85 lbs for a 7 year old is high. I was 80 lbs when I was 9 and was chubby. My ds id 58lbs and will be 7 in May and his school says that he is overweight. Just try and change her eating habits and get her into more activity. Like Im signing my ds up for the Y so he can swim and play basketball.