My dd is 8 years old. She has never been a skinny kid, but always looked healthy and seemed to be a healthy weight. In the last 5 months, she has gained 10 lbs. She has grown taller, but I'm not sure exactly how much. She looks much heavier and has gone from a size 7 to barely fitting into a size 10.
My main concern, aside from her self-esteem, is that she doesn't seem to notice when she's full. She eats large amounts at meals. Last night at dinner, she ate as much as dh. I've talked to her about tuning into her body and stopping when she feels full. She insists each time that she's still hungry for more food as she takes a third helping. Afterwards she still wants dessert, but I know that's normal because sweets are very appealing no matter how full most people are.
My sons will stop eating when they've had enough and leave food on their plates. Dd rarely leaves anything behind.
I want her to feel good about her body and to be healthy. I don't want puberty to come too early for her and I know that's more likely in overweight girls.
I can't put a label on our diet. We eat a variety of foods and don't cut anything out because of allergies or beliefs. We have organic fruits and vegetables a few times a day and eat mostly organic everything else. Our diets could use revamping, though, especially with reducing the sweets.
Thanks in advance for any advice.