My 6 and a half year old son went to the doctor today for the first time in a long time and was charted on the "growth chart" for the first time. His BMI is 18.2 (height 48 inches, weight about 60 lb). His doctor reported to us both that he is overweight and needs to lose some weight in the next year. So, I have been noticing that my son has a belly that looks a lot like mine. Otherwise, I would not have said he appeared overweight.
We hike, take walks around the neighborhood regularly, he swam a lot this summer, and he plays HARD with the neighborhood kids at least 2 times per week. We eat much better than average (veggies every meal, no sweets/cereals for breakfast, nothing but water to drink during the day, sweets only in the evening) although have been traveling a lot this summer, so eating out more than usual.
I'm just wondering how seriously to take this. Part of me feels so self conscious and scared that I want to seriously change what he/we eat/s. The other part feels like it's likely "baby fat" and that restricting him too much will undermine his confidence and make him feel very self-conscious and ultimately not work (but then I also feel like if I don't take it very seriously, he will become obese).
I'm having an inordinate amount of guilt. I feel like I must be treating food the wrong way, I have rewarded him with sweets in the past, etc. He really loves food and loves to eat. He likes to play with his friends, but otherwise doesn't enjoy physical activity unless required to do it. I have a very poor relationship with food, have been working on it a lot, and I feel no matter what I do, I'm passing it onto my son.
No matter what, I'm going to put more emphasis on physical activity and seriously limit sweets.
Any advice/support other than than is appreciated.