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10/10/12 8:29 P

thank you, BSTOCKING, for that website. : )

lots of great information.

i found these stats on the website interesting. I wonder what is causing these?

About 12 million (16.9%) of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 are obese.
•Nearly one in three (31.7%) U.S. children (23,500,000) ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese.
•Over one-third (33.7%) of U.S. adults are obese (nearly 75 million adults).

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10/10/12 5:59 P

With 11 year old girls, it is important to take into account puberty and that there will be a lot of body changes... so ...
The recommended calories for an 11 year old girl is 1600 calories. The recommendations for all ages are at this website
ALSO your description of your daughter sounds a lot like me when I was younger, and I think you should talk to a doctor and discuss the possibility of an actual issue, such as Celiac disease or underactive thyroid. It may also be helpful for you and your daughter to meet together with a dietitian and talk about how much food 1600 calories can be!
If there is an underlying condition, best to head it off now, to avoid any disordered eating. I have both Celiac and thyroid disorders and wish they would have discovered them when I was younger, because I have poor eating habits now, which make it difficult to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

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10/10/12 10:00 A

My daughter is also 11 and very active. She ran cross country this year and is now playing basketball and takes a tumbling class. During cross country season, I was constantly asking her if she had enought to eat and felt well fueled, so I get your concern. I remember seeing somewhere that somewhere around 2000 calories was about right for her, but now I can't remember where, so don't "quote" me. ;)

If she's overweight, but active, I'd just suggest making plenty of healthy snacks available, at 11 she knows when she's hungry. Watch her for boredom eating, I can tell already my 3 year old is a boredom eater/grazer, and I try to curb it, but I also hate to ignore cries of "hungry". Make sure your meals are balanced. I stressed with my daughter (who is completely average in height and weight) the importance of fueling her body when she's using it as much as she is, and that she had to let me know if she was hungry or feeling extra tired. On my weight loss journey, as she's said things to me like "you're so skinny and pretty" and I've been scared about her having body image issues that I wanted her to avoid, I've made sure to stress that my journey has been about being helthy and being able to keep up with her and her sister, NOT about being skinny, although that came with it. It's a tough balance, that's for sure.

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10/10/12 7:12 A

I think that it is great you are trying to do what is best for your daughter.

It is a tough situation-you want to do what is best for her, but you don't want to create any food issues or eating disorders.

I don't really have any advice-just wanted to say I wish you the best-and perhaps the resources your doctor gives you will be able to help others in a similar situation.

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10/9/12 1:06 P

Peds are always a good start to ask but they aren't the best. My daughters Dr. told me to watch what she is eating cause shes over weight... shes only 3, in the 80% of height and only 36 pounds. We don't have cable so rarely watch TV and she is very active. You do what is best for you family and your kids. Only keep healthy snacks and meals. If shes active and eating well then just go with her. If you still worried go get a second opinion. Maybe something medically is going on but she was to young to see it before

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10/9/12 9:28 A

I did ask the pediatrician. He said is is rare for kids to over/under eat, but that he understood my concern and would look for a resource for me. I am hoping that someone here may have already worked through this and may have something for me as well.

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10/8/12 12:20 P

Her pediatrician would be an excellent resource. Give him/her a call!

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10/8/12 12:10 P

A little background....I have 3 wonderful children. Two sons, 14 & 6, and one daughter, 11. Both of my sons are a healthy weight for their height and age, and my daughter has been overweight/obese for her age and height since she was 3. We had her tested for everything under the sun at 4 as she was small for her age until 3 and then quickly went to the other end of the spectrum.

As I am going along in my journey, I am realizing how very harmful my relationship with food has been. I have a hard time eating enough or as often as I should because I feel like I shouldn't be eating that much. I am afraid that I have unknowingly passed this on to my daughter. She does not eat anymore than my sons and is as active with sports as they are, but I am very anxious about how much she eats. I try to encourage all of them to eat healthy snacks and eat a serving size of snacks, but I know I worry more about her.

My big questions is....How do I know that she is eating enough? All of the kids for that matter. I do not want her counting calories so to speak, but I want to gain the peace for myself so I am not hovering or making her feel that she can't eat.

Any ideas where I can find good calorie ranges for kids?

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