how much your child weighs should be a discussion with your kids dr. We look at BMI as a better number judge from than weight.
We have 2 boys underweight (ages 7 & 11) and a niece who is grossly overweight (11). I see both extremes and am equally concerned about both.
the scale doesnt really matter to us. what matters to our family is a lot more complicated. We are concerned with how much the kids get that offer nutrition for their bodies vs. just empty calories. (that's what i'm working on with my own weight/health issues)
Are they getting the right amount of fruits/veggies/calicum/protein, etc. every day? How much do they eat/drink empty calories? Are they learning moderation? Are they learning proper portion control? Do they get enough play time that involves exercise? These are important questions that we ask ourselves.
If we look at these questions and answer them truthfully, and then make the necessary changes to teach our kids healthy habits - the scale no longer becomes important.
I know my kids will grow up with issues. I am just determined to make sure they arent the same food/health issues i grew up with. :)
As far as if your son is REALLY hungry or not - try giving a full glass of water and a healthy snack. (fruit/veggies/nuts) If he doesnt want it - hes not really hungry. If he does - great! Then wait 30 minutes and see if he says he's still hungry - repeat. It works with my niece. Most of the time, she's not really hungry - it just looks yummy.
My son has gotten really chubby since he started school this year. He use to be really skinny. He always says he is hungry and I don't know when he really is or isn't. I worry about him because I don't want him to have the same problems that I had as a child. Any suggestions?
My 9yr old, soon to be 10, wears a 7.5 womens shoe, is 5'2" tall, and weighs 101. She looks like a teen from the back and people often talk with her like she is a 12yr old. It is amazing how big she is getting and with her change in eating habits, eat right and protion control, she is slimming down.
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I know what you mean. My daughter will be 11 in September and she is already developing. Started her monthly last Oct. but officially this Jan past. She wears a size 9.5 shoe and is standing 5'5" tall. She weighs around 138 (I think it to much). What do we do?????
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I have a daughter who turned 12 last Wednesday, and she's grown at least 6" or more this past year. I just took her in because she was sick (Last Monday, two days before her bday) and she weighs 165 lbs and is 5'6" 3/4!!!! She passed me!
Anyway, she's been looking pretty round for a while now, and she USED to grow out of her roundness, but this last year or so she hasn't. I hope you're all correct that it's the age/grade thing. She's in 6th grade, she's ALWAYS been the tallest (by a head) in her class/school. She's always been the "big girl" - not fat, just big. It's been hard because most of the kids are sooooooo skinny.
I told hubby that while 165 seems heavy, I don't know how much of this is because she's entering puberty. She's starting to develop and get hair, but no monthly stuff yet. I told him, I wonder if the reason she's plumped up is to stretch the skin and get ready for the changes - hips, breasts, etc.
But today, while she was getting dressed, I noticed she had stretch marks on her chest where she's developing. :(
Edit to add: I don't think she's done growing either - she wears a size 9.5 shoe! It's so crazy how much they grow!
I think that a perfect weight for one child is not going to be the same for another! My ten year old son is one of the shortest and skinniest(60 pounds) kids in his class! He happens to have very tall children in his four grade class. My six year old daughter (50 pounds) is almost as tall as her brother. But she does not look like she weighs almost as much as my son, she looks like skin and bones with really long legs . I have also noticed my nieces gaining a little weight by the four grade and then thinning out by the end of the year or into fifth grade.
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I forgot to add yesterday that I've been a substitute teacher for years in the same school. A pattern I've noticed with girls is that 4th grade tends to be a year in which a lot of girls gain a lot of weight and look a little chubby, then by the end of 5th or 6th grade they are slender again. Maybe 4th grade/10yo is the age in which puberty really kicks in causing all these rapid changes. It seems to be the same with my daughter who is now finishing up 5th and slimming back down.
I'm with Trish - growth spurts are still going on with my 11-year-old daughter. She has a buddha belly for awhile and then shoots up a few inches and slims down.
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It's probably just a growth spurt. Kids get them at all different ages. My 11yo daughter was always one of the tiniest kids in every grade until fourth. Now in 5th she is middle of the pack. My 13 yo son just had a check up- he gained 23 pounds and 2.5 inches in 8 months. SERIOUS growth spurt! My daughter always looks a little chubby, then shoots up a couple of inches and balances it out.
I would talk to my child's pediatrician about what his/her appropriate weight should be. You can also access BMI calculator, % calculator, and growth charts at http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/growthchart s2/a/percentiles.htm. You shouldn't worry yet. My DS will grow around before he grows up. He will get a little pot belly and then grow taller. Thats how I know he is going through a growth spirt. Is your child eating healthy and exercising regularly. If so you likely have nothing to worry about.
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