Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pacific NW longing for the Midwest
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Obesity is the new buzzword and I think doctors are overreacting. From what you wrote, it sounds like her BMI is in the 90th percentile. But I'm not sure that BMI is really all that accurate a measure for a toddler.
I've got one kid who's always between being a healthy weight and underweight. I've got another who's always between a healthy weight and 'at risk' for being overweight. The difference for each is the timing of the growth spurts. Dd is getting ready for one and looks a bit chubby. Ds just finished one and looks thin.
Different kids, different body types. Do I have to keep an eye on them? Yeah, but as long as they're eating relatively healthily, getting enough outside time, I'm not worried.
I do have to make sure that ds (my skinny kid) eats regularly. I do have to make sure that dd doesn't spend the whole day sitting around reading books, that she gets out. I do have to make sure that they both don't eat out of boredom, and that they make good food choices.
It sounds like your child's diet is healthy, and that she's reasonably active. Take a deep breath and relax.
Lynn, academic, wife, WOHM to T (4/01) and M (5/04)