I also have a 7 year old who loves to eat. She is overweight but very tall so her doctor isn't too concerned yet but I am. We have upped her activity alot. We put her in an after school program that picks her up from school and gives 3 karate lessons a week, 1 fitness fun day and 1 bouce house day. She loves it. And they have to bring a healthy snack to eat. She also just started soccer and takes swimming lessons. She loves to eat though. Right now we are going to the crying stage. She cries for candy and to go out to eat. She tells me everyday that the food I make is icky. We do pack her lunch for school because she has food allergies but I give her options on what goes in it. Our school is awesome, they bring in 2 fruits or veggies every week for the kids try. Last week Kelly found out she loves pears, I don't so I have never bought them. In the past I have always given in to the candy bar at the register when we checkout at the store or running through a drive through between activities on the weekends but now I don't. I know the crying will stop eventually.
You are successful the moment you start moving towards a worthwhile goal.
Self discipline is doing something you don't want to do to become something you really want to become.
After a month, my daughter has lost 2 pounds, which is perfect because I don't want to make her lose weight drastically. With kids the goal is to let them grow into their weight. We have been increasing her activity, and I pack her lunch so I have a good idea of what she is eating every day. We have gone to healthier snack options, and I do buy some of those 100 calorie packs of the chocolate type stuff so she can have that too. What's more, she's been embracing most of the lifestyle choices we have been making, and even though she's a picky eater, she has been liking the menu choices. We went out of town for 4 days, and none of us did so well on healthy eating, because where we were there weren't healthy options.
My daughter, 7, also gained about 10 lbs over the summer! Lots of grandma's home cooking! She's not big on veggies, so I try to sneak them in, and just cook healthier in general. Like your daughter, I'm sure things will improve once they're more active at school.
i am going to start reading more on here as this is a problem with my six year old she has been snacking more latley and i am hoping as well that school will help with that and that she can be more active...
So far I have DD on board more than she realizes. She will play wii sports, and stick to the ones I specify for min of 30 min or go for a walk with me without a problems. The snacking all day has greatly improved. Do think school will help.
My son is 7 and he is overweight. I, too, am trying to help him eat better, and not do the mindless eating like when watching tv. We have been going for walks, I let him ride his bike. Just trying to get him outside. I am hoping when school starts, tomorrow, that it will help, some. I have not been saying we are trying to lose weight, I don't want him to become obsessed with weight, I have been saying we are trying to get healthier by eating right. My biggest problem is how to get him to come to me, instead of just going to fridge and getting what he wants.
DD is 7.5 and she was one of the reasons I found sparkspeople.com. Because of her wt gain this summer (10 lbs!) I had already had a family meeting, increased her daily activity and modified our meals. Heard about an anti-inflammatory diet, and decided since my mom and I have arthritis, and it is really just healthier, we would embark on it. We started, and I found Sparks trying to find a way to track our nutrition. (sure wish they had a nutrition tracker for your family). Came up with breakfast and lunch choices for dd (school starts monday and she's taking her lunch). She was already at the borderline of overweight and obese before she gained the wt. Not trying to get her to lose the wt so much as maintain her where she is until she grows into it. That had been my strategy for two years and it worked until this summer. Not sure what happened.
Anyway, she says, she is "avoiding our diet", however, so far every meal I have came up with has gotten more than a thumbs up from her. So, she's loving the new diet choices, is eating healthier, and has started to stop the eating from boredom, a chronic issue I have been trying to teach her is not healthy. Activity is better, will improve I am sure once school starts.
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