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People have always said my 3-year-old is big for her age. She usually wears a size 4T in everything, but can wear bigger stuff too. I've never thought of her as big before, but people always point out that she is. She's 39 inches and 36 lbs, which the doctor says is the 90th percentile.<br><br>
I still don't think there is any concern, but I wonder, if she was overweight, would I notice? I'm always hearing that parents rarely see anything wrong with their own kids.
 

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My dd wa sin the "at risk for obesity" category at her 3 yr check. She's always been big, but I was surprised since we are a TV free, very little fast food or junk food family and she is a vegetarian (except for fish) by choice and has dairy sensitivies. This is a kid that likes broccoli! I think she has slimmed out some, but she is still only weighibg 10 pounds less than her brother who is three eyars older.
 

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I don't know, I think I would notice. I've always been aware of how my child's body changes (at least I think so, lol). Now, if my children were ugly I would never know it. To me, they are the most beautiful things in the world.<br><br>
As far as Linda goes, I have seen her a few times and never thought she was big for her age. She looks perfect to me. Being in the 90th percentile does not mean she is overweight. I'm sure you know this, I'm just trying to reasure, from an outsiders POV that she is perfect <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My son has always been in the 95th percentile, and still had some baby chub at 3yrs. At 6yrs now, he is a rail. Kids bodies change so much when they are young. Its quite amazing to watch. Kylie is 8months and 30lbs. I am guessing she will also thin out like my son at some point.
 

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Well, I just looked at her photos from your sig and I'd say "NO", she's not in any way overweight. Overweight, to me, means that the body fat is out of proportion to the bone and muscle size. My BIL is definitely overweight and anyone can tell. He is 8 and has huge dimples in his hands from all the fat on the backs. It's hard for him to bend over to tie his shoes because of the fat on his stomach. And he's got small breasts. Not to mention his trouble with any type of exercise, and he can't run properly because of the weight on his legs and abdomen.<br><br>
However, I don't know what a medical definition refers to. I believe it's Body-Mass Index, which is the propertion of height to weight. But when I think of obesity, at least with children, I think of kids who have so much body fat that it interferes with their ability to do regular kid activities.
 

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I still don't think there is any concern, but I wonder, if she was overweight, would I notice? I'm always hearing that parents rarely see anything wrong with their own kids.</div>
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I think your doc would have told you if he/she thought there was a problem. And if you are in the 90 th percentile for hight, it makes sense that you'd be there for weight. And BTY, she does not look at ALL overwieght in her pictures (she's adorable)
 

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I might know. It depends on what her friends looked like and how overweight she had been. If she was a really chubby tot who was only a mildly overweight preschooler, I might think of her as regular because of the change.<br>
Mostly I wouldn't worry about it until she was 5. Toddlers go through so much change, and just IMHO, it's really the 5's who start to look overweight instead of temporarily thicker.
 

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Well, to me your DD actually looks lean. She has obviously left her toddler body behind and has her long limbed childs body, IMO.<br><br>
Here, though, is a site that I found interesting:<br><br><a href="http://allnutritionals.com/calculators/body_percentiles_children.htm" target="_blank">http://allnutritionals.com/calculato...s_children.htm</a><br><br>
It will tell you the weight for heigh percentile, too.<br><br>
I don't know if I would realize my child was overweight. DD was so slim, and didn't gain any weight from 10-15 months so I never "went" there. I thought of DS as a pudgy guy, but in retrospect it was only in comparison to DD and because he had a huge cloth diaper butt! When he potty trained all his pants started falling down and he had to go back into infant size swim trunks. :LOL
 

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OKay, according to that thing my DS *is* overweight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I think it's wrong... not biased am I? :LOL
 

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I took a peak at your photos too... she is beautiful and a VERY healthy weight. Why should you put so much emphasis on those comparitive charts when the "average" American child is no longer a good example of healthy. Aren't twenty percent of children obese? And if they aren't overweight they're usually TOO skinny because they also aren't being fed right. Children NEED to have extra fat in their diet to absorb nutrients, build their immunity, and for countless other reasons. Please don't think your DD has some sort of weight problem that needs to be corrected by a low fat diet just because of this. Your DD is the picture of health, which is rare these days, that's why according to those charts she's not "average" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">.
 

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According to that, DS is overweight by quite a bit. But you know what? I have a chart of his height to weight rartio, and he has always been in the 90th percentile. I really don't know what I would do to change that now.
 
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