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6/26/12 4:43 P

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I agree with Rumbamel about giving her a snack before bed. My 7 year old son used to get up at night to eat, saying he was starving. Granted he does not have a weight problem - the lucky little bugger has a very fast metabolism. I started making sure he eats some form of protein, mostly cheese, and a complex carbohydrate before bed. Apples are always good too. It has been a long time since he has gotten out of bed to eat!!!!

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6/21/12 10:39 A

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Thank you for all your advice, I really appreciate it emoticon

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6/20/12 8:45 P

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I guess it will just take time to retrain her to eat well and sleep through the night. I love it when I wake up famished. I know it means I might have burnt off something while sleeping. Maybe give her a great healthy snack before bed. Fiber and water filling like fruits and veggies with a dip. I also like some protein, but milk makes me restless at night.

Good luck.

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6/20/12 4:04 P

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We've decided to start doing scavenger hunts in a trail near our house, I think that'll be alot of fun. The biggest problem I have is her getting up late at night and eating, I don't know that she does this because I'm asleep. I don't want to have to pad lock the fridge and pantry, but her Dad seems to think that may be what we have to do.

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6/19/12 10:16 P

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Mine gives up so quickly so it's a matter of finding something she really likes. Usually it's when she playing with a friend or chasing someone/something. One time she was chasing her friend who was riding a scooter. Lots of fun! Another time there was a dog she ran around after. Chasing daddy. Finding clues for a treasures. Creativity.

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6/19/12 5:19 P

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My oldest daughter (11 years) is also overweight.. it terrifies me I don't want her to end up like me.. she's joined me in trying to lose weight, bless her heart she doesn't understand..but I'm trying to make it fun for her.
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5/29/12 10:14 A

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I've noticed the activity levels make a huge difference as well. My 8 year old is so much less active than the now 7 year old (they are 15 months apart). My son, the 7 yr old literally can just run in circles while my daughter, the 8 yr old would rather just watch and giggle.

He burns off the pizza and frozen yogurt where she may not. It makes it really hard to be fair.

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5/29/12 8:49 A

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I have two daughters -- one is almost 16 yo and one is 9 yo. The 16 yo has always been petite and skinny because she was kind of unhealthy as a very little one. But in the last few years her "junk food" diet has started to catch up with her. She is my no means fat or obese but she is learning a lot of really awful eating habits. We were talking about eating better and exercise yesterday though and I now realize that she knows her eating and not exercising is bad and wants to change it. That is part of the battle.

My other daughter is the one I am more concerned about because she is overweight. My dh and I were both overweight as children and I definitely see this being passed on to her. We have been doing a fruit/veggies challenge for the whole family for a few months now and she has been doing great at getting the most fruits and veggies per week and she has cut way down on the amount of junk food she has been eating. So that is a move in the right direction. The biggest thing for her is being active. She doesn't want to play outside (not really any neighbors she plays with and not a lot of interesting things to explore in our neighborhood) and is a lot like me in that she prefers reading, coloring, drawing, etc. to being outside and active. The really good thing is it is summer and she LOVES swimming. She is taking swimming lessons nearly every weekday this summer AND she has a volleyball camp she wanted to go to! Plus we are planning on going swimming at night after work. And she is getting excited about taking walks on the walking trails in the area. So activity will be relatively easy this summer. It is the rest of the year...she's not so excited about the gym because our gym doesn't offer a lot for kids. There might be a new indoor swimming pool coming available so that will be good. I just want to teach her the right way to eat and be healthy so she can have a "head start" on a healthy life rather than get started later like I am.

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5/28/12 8:20 P

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Water is amazing. I tell my daughter all the time that she might be thirsty when she says she is hungry.

Another is that some veggies and fruits are actually really inexpensive. Bags of carrots or celery are cheap. I personally don't like them, but my kids eat baby carrots often and they are great with a little dip for them and even better plain. I sometimes use my fancy knife and make them crinkly cuts. Celery with PB and raisins should be a good snack. Baby carrots by us are often $1 or less. Cucumbers are great, too. Bags of apples can cost make the price per lb. go down to $1 or close to it. We have a store called Aldi and often get pears 4 for $1 or less. packs of strawberries for $1- 1.50, blueberries for $1.49 or less and a whole pineapple for less than $2.

Other snacks that are great are healthy grain cereal like Multigrain Cheerios (I only get it on sale for $2.50 or less and stock up). It has 100% of many vitamins and is lightly sweetened. Raisins or dried cranberries and almonds or peanuts (no more than 1/4-1/3 C total would be a good snack). Healthy lower sugar yogurts or no sugar yogurts mixed with some fruit like canned naturally sweetened fruit. Ohhhh, speaking of, cottage cheese 2% milk with canned fruit, naturally sweetened. My kids like it with pineapple or peaches. Apricots are also great.

Good luck on your quest.

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5/28/12 6:41 P

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I have 2 children boy 7 girl 10 and both eat snacks non stop. My daughter weighs 115lbs and my son 92lbs. Anyone have any advice for me, I am trying to change their eating habits but it is hard on a budgeted income.
Thanks.

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5/28/12 9:25 A

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Mine is 8 now and has really thick legs (strong), but I can see the pudginess in her tummy and sometimes in her hands. It worries her dad and I because we were both chubby kids. We teach them about health and we all try to eat the right foods. Moderation is always something we explain. Yes, pizza is ok, just not everyday or even several times a week. You should even have some veggies and fruit with it, healthy ones at that.

I have been trying to kind of trick her into exercise lately. My 7 year old got a wave skateboard for his birthday and I don't think he is heavy enough to balance so she and I are trying it out. Also training to walk for Disney, training for a 5K, walking to school, riding bikes to a friends hour or to a park. We took a nature walk with their cousin the other morning and then got rewarded with a picnic and surprise there was a water splash pad at the park.

Teach by example and let her know you love her, most importantly.

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5/25/12 10:46 A

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Starting is hard...my daughter is 10 also and on the thick side. people tell me all the time she is still growing but I know that the weight is hurting her now. my first step was rejoining spark people, making a commitment to be involved as much as i can without spending too much time sitting in front of the computer...my second step...God bless america my job started a biggest loser contest..and that has helped tons..so good luck to you and her and anyway i can help let me know!!!

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5/7/12 7:44 P

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I also have a ten year old that is on the thick side. She was the type that was small for a long time then in one year she gained all her weight. I was luck enough to switch my schedule around and put her into something that she loves. Cheerleading! So now she is getting ready for try out and I see her slimming down. If you can't afford cheerleading just found out what she loves and put her in that activity

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5/7/12 1:17 P

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I have an 11 year old daughter as well who is overweight just like me. I am a divorced mom who works full time and is drained when I get home so more times than not I get fast food for supper. I know this HAS to stop... its just so hard getting motivated to make changes. I guess by joining rejoining sparkpeople I have made that first step! One of my goals is to eat out less so I'm hoping I can accomplish that. Another new thing I have decided to do is go to the local playpark that has a walking track and walk while the girls play (11 and 9 year olds). I will try to encourage them to walk with me but as long as they are running and playing they are getting some exercise, right?

I'd love to keep in touch with y'all and have (and give) support!


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5/4/12 9:08 A

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Thank you .. I will try that.. I have to shut the kitchen down after dinner to prevent us all to snack on the wrong things. Just because my other two are thin doesnt mean they "have the right" to eat more snacks.. I have to be fair with out making my "thicker" one feel different.. I appreciate the tip..

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I am a Mom of four and I do understand this concern about one of them feeling different from the others! Our kids feel and compare more then we would like to believe.

My first thought is make sure that the two of you have quiet and close times- so she can share questions and concerns that she has with you. Have her do the grocery shopping with you- go for a walk- check out a free local event (allowing you a time to stroll and chat).

My daughter around the same age seemed to have a "thicker" year in 5th grade and now this year in 6th grade has grown a few inches and not really gained weight.... so maybe some of this is just her style of growing?? But my daughter generally seems interested asking me questions on her terms. I just have to be ready to listen!

And yes living by example is hard when we are trying to learn our own habits...

I am emotional eater. Trying to use my kids as inspiration rather then my catalyst. I have been attempting to walk away from the kitchen and clean or switch laundry when I see/feel myself heading toward the wrong choices.

But parenting this bigger kids is quick and hard at times!


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5/3/12 3:16 P

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I have 3 daughters .. Two of them are like my husband long and lean but one of them is like me short and stocky.. She is almost at puberty almost 11.. Her body is changing and i recall hating this time for myself. Although i did end up slimming up in Junior high but i want to help her.. How do i do this with out making it obvious.. I dont want her to get self esteem issues. She probably should loose about 10-15 lbs at this point.. I know the whole more active less junk food..

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