I need some advice. My DD (12) is not fat, she is solid, she is about 5'2" and 118. My concern however is that she likes to eat. She will usually go back for seconds (sometimes 3rds), and almost every night is asking for desert. Last night we had dinner a little late because we didn't get home until almost 6pm and then DH was using the grill. We had corn on the cob, pasta salad, baked beans, and hamburgers. DD ate everything but the pasta salad. We finished dinner around 7:30. At 8:20 (bedtime is at 8:30) she asks if she can have ice cream. I said no, it was too late and she had already had a slushy anyway. She then asked if she could have a beef jerky stick. Again I said no, saying it was too late to be eating anything especially since she was supposed to be getting ready for bed.
The only time she is really active is when she is playing soccer but that is for 2-3 hours a week and soccer is over so she isn't even getting that. DH goes walking and tries to get her to go but many times she refuses. I am worried, mainly because in a month she gained 4lbs. She has a dr apt on Thursday so I will find out if she is "over weight" or if it is a concern. We have talked about her weight recently and I told her she needed to cut down on the amount of food she is eating and make better choices about what she is eating. She can literally eat as much as my husband, who is a big guy. She also tends to snack. I bought yogurt for her afterschool snack (which she requested), but instead she is eating left over tortilla shells from dinner. DH and I aren't thin people and we don't want DD to pick up the bad habits that we still struggle with. We have always tried to teach her about proper portion size and you don't NEED to have desert every night. How often do your kids have desert? How do I try to curb this behavior?