How would you handle weight issues?

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Registered: 09-10-2003
How would you handle weight issues?
Thu, 01-08-2004 - 8:53am
How would you handle it if your daughter was getting "chunky"? Would you talk to her about it or just encourage her to exercise more and watch closer what she eats? Do you worry about her getting worried about her weight at a young age? Have you known any really young girls trying to "diet"?

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Registered: 05-26-2004
Thu, 01-08-2004 - 9:11am
I would handle the issue very carefully. At my home, instead of saying "You are going to get fat if you eat that," we try to put more emphasis on health and intelligence. We instead say things like "You need to eat this because it will make you smarter" or "this is what you need for more energy".

I worry because my girls are extreme atheletes and they eat lots! I don't want them to become fat when they quit their sport. I heavily monitor the McDonalds and fast foods or fried foods that all of my kids eat because of the obesity problem in this country.

If children are obese they don't stand a chance as adults controlling their weight. We all know how hard it is to lose those baby pounds after a couple of kids. Going into adulthood overweight seems dangerous healthwise.

We also are a very active family so I hope I have instilled good eating habits and exercise habits into my children.

My 11 yo DD went through a spell earlier this year where she picked up 13 pounds, 2 inches of height and thought she was getting fat because her stomach was thicker looking. I kept telling her not to worry she was just growing. Believe me, there is no fat on that girl and she is not a large person. I was right. She has thinned out in the middle again, but now she is starting to get a little bit more curvy. I just told her she was growing up and she needed to really manage her food so she gets enough "healthy" food to help her body.