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Old 02-10-2007, 10:33 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Caine
First of all, Sunny Delight is one of the worst things since Kool-Aid to give a child to drink. It has so little nutritional value it is scary! As far as regular juice, you have to remember that when drinking fruit juice, your child is getting all the sugar of the original fruit, in a condensed form, without any of the fiber that controls the absorption of that sugar.

As a nutritionist, my opinion is to ask your child's doctor for a referal to a registered dietician, preferably one that specializes in children. 65% of Americans are overweight, and 35% of those are obese. Right now, one out of every three American children will suffer from obesity, and the type II diabetes and heart disease that goes with it. And those figures will slowly but surely nudge upward every year unless we do somethiong about it.
Excellent advice, Caine. Give children whole fruit and get them acclimated to drinking water when they're thirsty.

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Old 02-10-2007, 11:03 PM   #12
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My niece is in the same boat. She's 8 turning 9 in April and wears a teen size 12-14. Her father is 6'5" so we know where she gets it. She loves fruit and drinks mostly water. My sister limits her sweets but doesn't deny them to her. Only one cookie etc. each day. We worry about her but the pediatrician doesn't want her to diet because of the nutritional factors kids need to grow. Since she is so tall as well, the few things I would suggest would to be to ask for some testing to be done. There are some simple xrays called bone age studies that will tell you what "age" her frame is. I would also want to have her thyroid checked. It's a simple blood test. This gland can go wacky even in young children and cause weight gain and abnormal growth. These may all check out fine but are worth investigating if you haven't already. Otherwise, don't stress. She'll pick up on the fact that you think there is a problem and it may lead to other issues down the road. Love her the way she is and give her the good foods she needs.

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Old 02-10-2007, 11:37 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by StirBlue
Poutine: 3 jugs of Sunny D! Wow! She's a kid! All things come in small sizes! That could mean individual size jugs (6 oz).
I have never heard of a 6oz JUG
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Old 02-11-2007, 12:53 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Poutine
I have never heard of a 6oz JUG
They come in a package of eight and are usually stocked on the upper shelf above the refrigerated quarts of Sunny D. When my children were in grade school, I bought them for school field trips. They were just the right size for the thermal lunch bag.
100% fruit juice is a heavy drink on a hot day and the pouch filled bags squirt when you put the straw in. Thermal lunch bags do not keep milk real cold. Bottled water is too big & clunky and will crunch and smash up your chips and stuff. A little ole bottle of Sunny D fits right in and the teachers will allow you to refill the bottle with water because it has a cap.
They are discouraged to bring soda, tea, and chocolate drinks. It does not mean that the drinks will be taken away from the kids. The teachers are suggesting that you choose a more appropriate drink. One kid brought a pepsi and chocolate chip cookies.
I generally pack the traditional lunch/ham&cheese sandwich, chips, apple, cookie, drink. Sometimes the teachers will furnish koolaid to avoid the problem. I think the key here is moderation.
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Old 02-11-2007, 03:28 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Poutine
I have never heard of a 6oz JUG

Yes, they DO have Sunny D in 6-0z bottles.
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Old 02-11-2007, 05:48 AM   #16
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In my opinion any child who is over the 90th percentile for weight or height needs a thorough evaluation at a place where they know how to do that.

Don't know where you live but would get a referral to an endocrinologist at a first rate children's hospital, there are many around the country.

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Old 02-11-2007, 08:29 AM   #17
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Kids are kids. They don't know any better because they think the bad stuff they're eating and drinking might be good for them. And it's soley up to the parents or guardians to try to get them to eat right.

Heathier choices now, over non-healthy choices will definitely help them in their teenage years to avoid high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, diseases that are commonplace in my family!

An 11-year-old boy recently was a guest on the Maury Polvish Show. The episode was about fat babies and obese older children

But this is no ordinary normal boy! He's very big for his age.

He weighs a whopping 306lbs, has eaten unhealthy foods all of his life, has a size 46 waist and he will even go as far as eating a whole stick of butter alone!! Also, he's maturing way too fast - practically years ahead of his time to become a man! Even his voice makes him sound almost grown And he already wears mens' clothing has a short mustache!!

I wouldn't want to make HIM angry!!

Compare him to the 12-year-old boy that I know in my neighborhood who is skinny as a rail and probably weighs about only 90lbs!

He's being tormented by his schoolmates, ridiculed and teased all the time. I truly hope that his parents can get him the professional help that he so seriously needs.

His classmates could possibly wake up a sleeping giant, and someone will be on their way to the hospital, or worst yet, DEAD!!

Kids like that sometimes don't know their own strengh and this boy could possibly and seriously maim and injure someone 2 to 3 times his age, possibly sending that person to the hospital!!
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:24 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by nikkilcotie
She eats snacks like celery with fat free cream cheese, apples with peanut butter, banana's, etc. But 10 minutes after that she's hungry again.
Is she really? Or is she bored?
A lot of times people (kids and adults) will munch from boredom. Or, because they're so used to eating and eating and eating that they assume it's time to chew again.

Perhaps when she has her healthy snacks, like the celery & apples, cut them up, put them in a baggie and take a walk. When you reach your destination (park or wherever sounds fun), take them out, along with a water bottle. After she's done, walk home. It's a good way to incorporate both exercise and limiting food intake.
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Old 02-11-2007, 12:18 PM   #19
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I like what jkath brought up here; in my experience kids often eat just to have something to munch on. I know my little brothers misidentify that as hunger.
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Hi Nikki!! Your problem is very close to our heart, as the daughter of my partner is pretty much in a similar situation, except that she is already 11. She is 150cm in height (about 5ft) and weighs 77kg (almost 170lbs), she has to wear adult big size with legs and sleeves shortened, forget about cool pretty clothes, she has to do with whatever that she can fit into.

Like your daughter she doesn't eat THAT much, though her diet may not be very well balanced, and while she is never a sportive type, she is not a couch potato either, so logically she really shouldn't be in the form she is. She has been tested by various specialists, without anything definitive for the cause of her problem coming out. She is now on a trial diet and doing regular light exercise for a month, at this point she lost half kilo (about 1lb). Not a significant change, but at least she is not gaining at this moment....

It is good that you recognise the problem early on, please do whatever you can to get to the root of it, and try to find why she is in the condition she is. There are so many possibilities. It is great that your girl is healthy and happy, though, which is basically the most important thing. Try to keep her active, and on a healthy diet in the meantime, and always let her know what a special and beautiful child she is and how much she is loved. My very best wishes to you, and keep us posted on how she is doing by all means please!!


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