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diet for a four year old

my four year old son is 55lbs should i put him on a diet or let him grow out of it. the dr. just said he was over is weight/height percentile

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natasha86

Asked by natasha86 at 10:51 PM on Aug. 12, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • Did your doctor suggest that he gets put on a diet? I would start out by asking your doctor what you should do, but also it never hurts to cut back on sweets, junk food, and fast food!
    CherryAddict

    Answer by CherryAddict at 10:53 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • Oh no, IMO to young for a "diet". Def. cut out snacks and junk food. Give him more healthy things to eat. Keep him active, running around etc... eating good and playing should run the weight right off. :)
    JuLiAnSmOmMy317

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 10:55 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • Not a diet but a lifestyle change, just eat better foods and make him do the same
    AshJoe05

    Answer by AshJoe05 at 10:58 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • I would say first ask the doctor. Then, watch his portions. Sometimes it's not so much what you eat but how much that makes the difference. If he eats normals amounts for his age, he may have a medical issue that leads to him being larger.

    http://www.mypyramid.gov/index.html

    tools that will give you an idea of what and how much he should be eating. And don't forget how valuable playtime can be. An hour or more of physical activity everyday!
    JJones02

    Answer by JJones02 at 10:58 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • my son weight 65lbs before he started school later on he start to loose the weight by running and playing with his friends he also grew to be 6ft 2inches so don't put him on diet yet mother nature will take it course
    dutchcanadain

    Answer by dutchcanadain at 11:00 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • ONLY put him on a diet if the doctor recommends it and gives you guidance....Things I would do are switch fruits for junk type snacks. have him mostly drink water or water down his drinks. Keep him active at this age just throw him in fun stuff and its all a game to him!!

    Once he starts school he will slim down my son did dramatically. My daughter the 5 yr old is not fat but not skinny she weigh about 63 pounds so basically we healthy snacks alot of water. I keep them in stuff.They still get sweets but its limited and they love fruit so they don't miss it much!

    Thats what I would do....
    hill2

    Answer by hill2 at 11:07 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • Just healthy foods and lots of excersize
    IMAMOM2-2KIDS

    Answer by IMAMOM2-2KIDS at 2:09 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • i wouldn't put him on a diet.. i would just change what he eats. add more fruits and veggies and less white bread or white rice and more whole grain. add water. you can flavor the water with a little lemon or some other type of natural juice but not so much. for instance my daughter i give her 2 ounces of natural juice and 6 oz of water every time she ask for juice. don't fry foods, stop take out. give him good wholesome food made at home
    Aasiyah

    Answer by Aasiyah at 3:58 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • I would do a complete overhaul of the way your family lives. One change a week is fine.
    Start by taking a long walk every night after dinner.
    Make water your primary, if not your sole, beverage. Liven it up with slices of fruits or vegetables
    Increase the amount of produce that you eat/serve. Work your way up to 7-8 servings a day, in at least three different colors
    Cut way back on meat and dairy.
    Don't buy white/simple grains. Stick with whole grains, like 100% whole grain breat, whole wheat pasta, corn tortillas, quinoa, brown rice, barley, etc.
    Serve legumes once or twice a day.

    I have a ton of recipes that are tasty, healthy, family and budget friendly; send me a message offlist if you would like some.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:15 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • rkoloms has some good advice. Fruits and veggies will do wonders. For drink just water will do.

    musicmom08

    Answer by musicmom08 at 10:26 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

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