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Old 04-06-2012, 02:55   #11
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I almost wrote today, but at that age my daughter weighed about 144 and her father and I thought she looked somewhat 'overweight' but her god father, her pediatrician told me not to let her know I thought it, but to find a painless way to make it a challenge, so one night after dinner I asked if everyone around the table was happy with their weight after saying I sure wasn't so we all trooped in to the scales and weighed. We wrote down each persons weight and then all of us decided to let me be the cook and follow the old WW's diet sort of. We each set our own goal after checking what was 'normal' for our height and age. Her brother was underweight so we all agreed that he should be able to have some snacks that were off limits to us and proceeded to from that day eat b'fast and dinner together and we weighed in once a week. It worked, and she lost down to 120 which was okay for her bone structure and being pre-pubescent she grew and developed into a lovely adolescent with no more concern about her weight that the girls a couple of years older. Her father and I got to our goals also, and I continued to eat carefully and maintained our weights too. I still have the chart we kept and used each week...and, now her brother has caught up and surpassed any of us and needs to be careful. Doing it as a family made the competitive edge fun for us.

One of her little brother's treats was keeping peanut butter around and once I bought a new jar and put a label on it telling what the calorie content was as it seemed to have a hole in the bottom. We laugh about that ploy now! It seemed to keep the hole, but we did manage to get to our personal goals....




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I agree with silvertiger and miss djax, a change in eating habits should be something for the family. There is a history of diabetes if I read right, so there is a potential and I assume the meeting is set up with the dietitian based on that. Hopefully the test come back OK.

As far as food choices, LCHF is not a bad choice unless nunya knows what specific carb or carbs are necessities for growing up. They, carbs, will not be completely eliminated, even with LCHF, so if they are necessary, they will still be there . I would probably just as disagreeable to a vegan diet as nunya is to LCHF, because i don't think you can get enough protein. And I, like nunya, "have no bullets for that gun"

I agree some fruits may be better snacks, apples over potato chips for sure. I would definitely reduce carbs even if there is not a diabetes outcome to the blood test this time. If there is, someone that young may be able to get by on the ADA recommendations, but i would keep a close eye on the BG and be ready to further reduce carbs. Continue to eat as you do now, and it will be an almost certainty diabetes will be a future outcome. Is betting it won't be worth the risk?

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Sometimes (or really LOTS of times) in the youngsters today, the activity needs some work as well as the diet. If a kid is living her life on the smart phone, the tablet, and the tv, then there is some other work to be done to improve the activity. I don't know why I have been tagged as disagreeable to a LCHF diet...I just don't think it's okay for a growing kid. Maybe she has high blood pressure, maybe she has some cholesterol issues, maybe she is lacking some other vitamin or mineral that affects the metabolism. If diabetes is her future outcome, it did not come from her diet...it came from her genes. And she needs support to learn to manage it...beyond the food!

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My grand kids are prime, and typical, examples of junk food eating high tech kids. They all have iPods or Nintendos or similar such things and don't have a clue whats going on around them when they are playing on them. Don't see them outside playing much. When I was a kid if you stayed inside , you were sick or the neighborhood bully promised someone a butt whoopin'

They live on chips and cookies and fries and mcnuggets and soda pops. You can't tell your kids anything about how to raise theirs ( you can, but some things haven't changed- they don't listen any better than we did). When they come over and want snacks, they go to Nana cause Pawpaw tells them they can have some of his whale blubber

All I can do is warn the mommas and daddies what may lie ahead. There is an old saying along the lines of you are what you eat. And I believe you can eat yourself into type 2 diabetes

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Thanks everyone
A few things about Lexie, she has real physical growing pains. When she a growth spurt she complains with her legs, back and hips hurting. That is the only time she is still. She kicks around a soccer ball, rides a bike and plays basketball. I try to watch what she eats and have asked the neighbors not to feed her.
Lexie has a friend a year younger than she is and she did weigh 180. She is a boarderline diabetic and is now on blood pressure meds. Her grandmother and doctor have put her on a diet and in the past month she has lost 5 lbs.
We do a lot of sugar-free snacks and I'm trying to get her to give salads a try

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One more thing: even if nothing works right now, there may come a time when a switch in her brain flips and she becomes a weight-losing dynamo.

That happened to my youngest. She started getting "soft around the edges" in kindergarten, even though she was always physically active: competitive soccer and swimming, along with no TV or video games, and a childhood spent outside, running around the neighborhood. Our house was not a junk food mecca -- we even had an exchange student comment about this -- but a person can also overdo healthy food.

The summer before her senior year in high school darling daughter weighed 320 pounds and had finally had enough. Over the next year and a half she lost almost 100 pounds, and she's kept most of it off for a decade. Her weight fluctuates a little bit, but she says on top of it, minding her food intake and exercising like a fiend. She runs or walks in 5k or 10k races -- or even half marathons -- all spring and summer long.

It's amazing how motivated a girl can get when she wants the boys to notice her.

Anyway, I'm not advocating that you do nothing. I'm just saying that if nothing works now, there may still be hope in the future.

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As my pediatrician told us, self-image is fragile stuff and girls and boys a bit later tend to 'beef up' a bit right before their puberty comes into play. He was most concerned, rightly or wrongly, that a kid maintain the best they could heading into the confusing teen years with all the peer pressure and hormonal changes about to become issues.




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As my pediatrician told us, self-image is fragile stuff and girls and boys a bit later tend to 'beef up' a bit right before their puberty comes into play. He was most concerned, rightly or wrongly, that a kid maintain the best they could heading into the confusing teen years with all the peer pressure and hormonal changes about to become issues.
This is so true, so very important. Whether lean or beefy, youngsters need to know that is not the basis for their worth. Strengthening their self-worth is of utmost importance. These years are hard enough without issues of self-esteem.




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Hi everyone
I got the results back for Lexie and she is fine. Her CBC and TSH test are normal. She is not 5 ft tall and 144 lbs. If I can her back down to 115 lbs I'll be happy.

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I got the results back for Lexie and she is fine. Her CBC and TSH test are normal. She is not 5 ft tall and 144 lbs. If I can her back down to 115 lbs I'll be happy.
Good to hear. And glad she won't be joining the club - for hopefully a long, long time! (if ever)

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