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Is my little girls weight something I should be concerned about??

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I have 2 beautiful littel girls, 7&9....My oldest(DD#1) is tall, lanky a size 10 and apx youngest(DD#2) is short and stocky, a size 14 (for her waist size only) and apx 85lbs....they are 2 completely different kids and body styles....when DD#2 was almost 5 years old I noticed her starting to gain a little extra weight....she HAD been growing properly and along the same sizes as DD#1 at her age.  We took DD#2 to the doctor to have her checked for thyroid issues and diabetes, along with alopecia due to me noticing 3 small spots of hair missing on her head....everything came back normal, the Dr said the alopecia was probably temporary and her hair would grow back (it eventually did).  They said that DD#2 would have a growing spurt and be fine.....Now, 2 years later, she has outgrown her older sister as far as clothing size, not height. 

I am a working mom, and DH works as well, we are up at 5am to get ready for the day and out the door no later than 6:30 to get the kids to daycare and to work by 7am.  We usually don't get home from work and daycare until apx 5pm...the girls are in bed by 7:30pm, so we don't really have the time for after school activities.  The girls eat the same portions and DD#1 usually asks for seconds where DD#2 doesn't.  We limit sweets/deserts to 2 days a week(Wednesday and Saturdays) unless there is a birthday or special occasion. 

I have also limited their grandmothers' visits due to her continuously calling DD#2 "Chubby".  I don't need my 7 year old to have a complex and turn out having an eating disorder....

The doctors don't seem concerned about DD#2's weight.....I know kids grow differently and at different weights/heights...but, should I consult a specialist??  Or am I over reacting?  Or, should I just wait another year or so and hope for that growing spurt the doctors keep saying she will have?

I just want another mothers opinion, DH isn't concerned like I am....Thanks a bunch!

My girls are the 2 younger ones in the blue and pink

by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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by Platinum Member on Apr. 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Are you and/or your husband overweight or obese? I know heredity can play a role. My kids were and still are small. Most of them don't even make it onto the chart. They are just below it on their own steady curve. When my oldest daughter was 7, she was 35 pounds and a size 5-6. Heredity played a huge role, plus they are extremely active. I'm 5', 101 lbs.  and my husabnd is 5'3" 120 lbs. Doctors weren't concerned because of our build. My 10 year old son is only 63 pounds. 

by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM
She is overweight. I would be concerned.
What kind of food does she eat? Children who are overweight have higher incidences of being heavy adults.
I'd have the pediatrician refer her to a nutritionist.
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by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Honestly, she does look chubby. It would concern me and I think any parents unless they just didn't care about their kid.

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