New, my intro and ? on DD's weight
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|Tue, 07-10-2007 - 2:23pm|
Hi! This is my first time posting on this board. I was a posting freak on the parentsplace boards before the new format, but it's been a LONG time! I have 3 beautiful children, 2 sons aged 10 and 8, and a daughter who is about to turn 5.
None of my children have ever had overweight issues, but as an overweight Mama it's something that I worry about constantly. So I have to put that out there - I'm VERY sensitive to this issue. So having said that...over the last few months my dd has put on some weight. Her height has remained the same, but all of her pants/skirts have gotten too tight. My mother thinks she might be gearing up to have a growth spurt and that she'll probably thin out once she does, but I can't get rid of the nagging concern that this might be the beginning of her life as an overweight child. I don't want her to have the memories that I have of being teased, of never being picked for teams during PE and recess...so I have myself completely wound up and freaked out. She is starting kindergarten in September and I just want her transition into school to be a real positive one, I don't want to be worried about her weight and if she might be teased.
We have tried to not be a junk food house, but I've also been worried about going too far the other way so I would say that we've tried to keep things in moderation. That being said, my dd has definately always enjoyed her sweets and definately has a healthy appetite. The last thing I want to do is put her on a "diet" or do anything else that might tip her off that the weight is becoming an issue. I just want so badly not to start planting food issues into her head at 4 1/2!!
So after that long drawn out explanation...has anyone else noticed weight gain or growth spurt at around this age, and do you guys have any suggestions for how to handle this?
Thank you for any thoughts!