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#1 Mama8

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

Hi all my 9 yr old daughter ( turned 9 the week before Xmas) is looking a little portly.
She always been one to eat a lot but its only now that she's getting chubby.
We haven't drawn attention to it and we plan to start walking to and from school again and I've cut down snacks except for fruit for everyone so doesn't feel targeted.
She doesn't play video games and is very active.
I'm just wondering if anyone else's little girl has gone through this?
Ad any suggestions anyone has to help

#2 Apageintime

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

Does she play any sports?

Would your budget/ schedule allow you to get her into something like little athletics, or soccer or something else she may enjoy?

#3 Ice Queen

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

Before you make any big decisions keep a diary of what she eats (secretly of course!). Then add up the calories and see where it is coming from.  Good place to start.

Soft drinks or juice in her diet?
Junk in your cupboards that she could be sneaking?

#4 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:15 PM

Every child that I have known at the age always go a bit chubby about 1 or 2 years before they hit puberty!

So I wouldn't worry about it if most of her meals are healthy!

Edited by Bwok~Bwok, 24 January 2013 - 07:18 PM.

#5 kadoodle

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

Is she due a growth spurt?  All DD1's friends went skinny-pudgy-skinny at around 8-9yo.

#6 Mianta

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

Sounds like my 11 yo a year and a half ago.

She has shot up over the last six months and is now swimming in some of the clothes that were ight on her last summer.

Her diet may have changed slightly over the year. We don't get as much take away as we did before and I only send water to drink to school now.

#7 Mama8

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

She used to do calethentics out due to budget and blowing my car up I couldn't get her to the practices 2xs a week but she still does all her exercises and is very flexible.
She rides her bike and runs A LOT she's always racing her 10 yr old brother and she jumps on the trampoline for hours at a time.
Is almost hyperactive laughing2.gif

No snacks like chips etc because both hubby and I are changing our whole lifestyle to lose weight ( I'm pregnant so can't lose any till bub is born)
So only fruits and veggies on offer.

Definitely no soft drinks and juice only occasionally and has always been that way.

Ill keep a diary and see if there is any clues there.

As you can imagine we are being very careful not to mention it in front of her or the othe kids as I hate for her to get a bad body image becaus she has some puppy fat.

I have noticed she is outgrowing her dresses length wise, we bought her a heap at the start of summer and they are now too short.

Daddy suggested she might like to help him walk the dogs of an evening and she thought that was great and loves her daddy/daughter time original.gif

Thanks for the replies original.gif

Edited by Mama8, 24 January 2013 - 07:30 PM.

#8 FloralArrangement

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

Had this happen with dd1 she had a major growth spurt in year 5. Dd3 doing the same thing right now. My mum has not helped with her stupid comments. My kids end up being 5ft10 shown with dd1 and 2 so far.

#9 The Falcon

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

I think it sounds like you are doing everything right, and it is probably natural pre-puberty puppy fat

#10 Lim Lam

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

Well I'm gla you posted this because I have been worried about my 9 and 3/4 DD. She is almost as tall as me,(im only 160cm she'd have to be 151-153cms) and weighs 50kg.
Ive had to start her wearing little bonds bralette tops as she has little boobies!!
But her Dads side are all very very tall and my side is very very short so I am thinking maybe shes going to take after her father and be taller (yay biggrin.gif) and to have a massive growth spurt.
She currently weighs 50kg and is in ladies sz8

#11 aprilrainatxmas

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:51 PM

It can be worthwhile keeping an eye on their fruit intake. The 2 pieces recommended is for adults.If she is eating a couple of bananas, some fruit at school and a piece after tea it can really add up. Kids will choose fruit if given the option for its sweetness.

#12 CallMeFeral

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

Ok I'm not in this age group with my kids, plus it's easy for an outside to say 'relax'...

BUT... given she is very active, and very apparently very healthy in her diet, I'd leave it be. I think keeping the food diary is worth a look, but if that doesn't show up anything, then I'd just ensure she still keeps up all the activity and healthy food, and wait it out. Puberty is around the corner and there will be a lot of body changes coming, I think it's most important to set in place the good habits - as you seemingly have - and the rest will hopefully come out in the wash.

The other thing is - what were you and your husband/family like at a similar age vs adulthood? That could be a good guide as to whether there is something to worry about...

#13 Handsfull

Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

In a way I wish we had that problem.  Went to paediatrician today for DD1 6 month check up as she has ASD, thyroid and a few other things...LOL!

Any she has plateaued her weight and even lost some ground.  She is 9.5years and weighs 31kg which is the same weight all year basically.  She has grown 4-5cm in that year so is also looking pretty lean.  

Her twin is 2.5cm shorter and weighs 32kg so almost the same problem I'd say.  He said he would like some more weight on her as she is approx 3-4kg behind for her height at 142cm.

In regards to your DD I would watch the natural sugar intake (fruit etc) but they are growing so much at this time, I see in DDs friends.  Just please make sure she does not hear anyone say too much about it or  allow them to do a weigh in class.  They were doing healthy eating last year in DDs class and they all got weighed.  Well that made two of the girls cry because they were tall and solid, not small and dainty like others so they got the "oh you are so heavy!" from the other kids.  Really hard on them and their parents tried so hard to counteract the effects.  FGS at 8 years old they do not need to be weighed and measured against others in class!

Hope she goes well with the dog walking and I am sure you will see changes in the near future... GL.

#14 jdl

Posted 04 May 2013 - 09:10 PM

Sincerely hope they  are not still doing the school weigh ins.  

I had that all through my school life both in UK and Australia. When i got a bit pudgy (65 kgs in year ten high school- not exactly the Biggest Loser qualifier but big on my frame) I can still  recall the tittering and the rolled eyes - and that was just the gym teachers.

I am sure your daughter is OK weight wise  -  but don't underestimate the damage fructose (in all the good fruits like mangoes, apples, pears, sultanas wacko.gif etc but not citrus and  kiwi, strawberries, blueberries)  can do. It can put weight on susceptible people.  People like me who cannot absorb this sugar properly often lose weight from occasional vomiting and chronic diarrheoa.. sick.gif wish I  was kidding.

#15 Prioritising Pooks

Posted 04 May 2013 - 09:13 PM

My sister and I both did this. We got our periods and grew heaps the year after. Don't overthink it. A bit of chub isn't actually all that bad for you anyway.


Posted 04 May 2013 - 09:14 PM

Most kids I have known that are a bit pudgy around that age, turn out to be pretty skinny in a couple of more years.
The ones that didn't, all play sport and are pure muscle.

#17 Mumsyto2

Posted 04 May 2013 - 09:35 PM

QUOTE (handsfull @ 25/01/2013, 04:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In a way I wish we had that problem.  Went to paediatrician today for DD1 6 month check up as she has ASD, thyroid and a few other things...LOL!

Any she has plateaued her weight and even lost some ground.  She is 9.5years and weighs 31kg which is the same weight all year basically.  She has grown 4-5cm in that year so is also looking pretty lean.

I think this is odd, I have an ASD & another with other issues & my 9yo who is tall (above 75 percentile) has only hit 20kg within the past year. They have seen a paed GI specialist who had no issue with health/weight & also routine dev paed who also has no issue with health or weight. The feedback we had from both is that whilst 'unusual' in regards to weight for a kid they are obviously very healthy, no deficiencies & current weight will translate into a really healthy adult with no 'excess' weight & associated health problems so not to stress at all about it.

#18 brazen

Posted 05 May 2013 - 01:45 PM

we are encouraging more F&V, encouraging water over juice or flavoured milk (this is more a case of training dh than her) and encouraging more exercise - we can't afford activities atm so she and her brother are walking to school a few days a week - about a 30-35min walk

#19 GenWhy

Posted 05 May 2013 - 01:53 PM

Came in off recent topics but I was going to suggest that my DD is the same. She's 6 and has always gone through a phase of getting a bit chubby right before she has a growth spurt. She's very tall for her age and looks like a beanpole. She also eats like a horse and will eat anything and everything. She tends to have trouble stopping eating right before a big growing phase. It used to really bother me but I took her to the GO who said its normal and only to be concerned if the eating pattern didn't slow down over a few months and the weight kept growing over the same period of time.

GP sorry not GO

#20 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 05 May 2013 - 01:55 PM

I wonder if a trip to the GP would be in order. She sounds active and her diet sounds good so maybe with the onset of puberty her hormones could be playing havoc. What were you like at that age, what age did puberty kick in for you, and has she had any behavioural changes?

#21 JJ

Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:59 AM

My DD (who will be 9 in a couple of months) has put on some weight too, mainly on her tummy. I'm not too worried as she is very active, and we had a paed check-up recently - I figure he would have said something if he'd been worried. I'm keeping an eye on things though and am paying a bit more attention to what/how much she eats (not saying anything to her of course)... and I'm glad to read that it seems to be normal for some kids before hitting a growth spurt. I've actually noticed it in some of her friends too.

I know boys are different, but DS was also rather solid for a while (like DD, mainly around his tummy) and now he's 12 and growing taller and leaner... pretty much by the day! blink.gif

Edited by JJ, 06 May 2013 - 09:00 AM.

#22 Therese

Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:06 AM

Growth spurts have always been like that for us too. She will put on weight, suddenly grow taller and then look like she has slimmed down again.

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