My daughter is 11 years old and majorly overweight. Can anyone help with any special diets for her?

asked 15 Nov '09, 04:28

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edited 15 Nov '09, 12:45

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This site has the following to say regarding weight loss for children:

Children who are overweight should never go on restrictive diets or even have foods restricted. Any approach should include the entire family and result in improving the diet of the parents as well as the children.

The program must address behavioral issues as well as nutritional issues.

It lists three links for diet plans, but the first link was broken for me. These are the other two:

  1. Trim Kids a book

  2. SlimKids a for-purchase diet program

The site also lists some meal ideas. You might want to look at them.

How much exercise does your daughter get? I completely agree with what the site says about changing behavioral issues and involving the whole family. Does she eat when bored or based on emotional stimuli? Perhaps you can take walks as a family or get a goofy work out video. Keep it fun and be sure to lead by example instead of focusing on her weight problem. Nothing starts a complex like being told by your parent that you're fat.


answered 15 Nov '09, 04:46

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I agree with everything above. In addition, if you haven't already, talk to your child's doctor. There's always the off-chance it's something medically related that needs to be taken care of.

(15 Nov '09, 15:45) Kiesa ♦

Is your daughter at secondary school? Have you spoken with her teachers recently? I think that the issue is something that may require some input from your daughters school as well. Does she take a packed lunch to school or does she have school dinners, does she have a service bus, can she walk instead? Does she do sports on a regular basis? I think these are also important points to consider as well.

(15 Nov '09, 20:19) Emi

As an additional suggestion to Artemis's diet ideas. I would suggest moving the whole family to wholemeal everything. Not just wholemeal bread but wholemeal pasta and brown rice as well. It's very easy to do. You get used to it pretty quickly and it will increase everyone's fibre intake. From the Colon Therapist's Network:

Dietary fiber makes people feel less hungry; because of its bulking properties, it reduces appetite which can result in weight loss. It also helps in controlling the body's blood sugar levels.


answered 15 Nov '09, 09:58

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Talk to a doctor. A child's needs are very different than ours and it's not intuitive as to how you can restrict or restructure their diet.

There are some great ideas on this page and I'd be happy following any of them if I were in your shoes, but I'd also see a pediatrician who knows about such things.


answered 15 Nov '09, 20:42

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In addition to changing her diet, whether it be going all whole grain, eliminating junk food, whatever, get her more active. A lot of weight can be lost just through making changes to your eating habits, and they don't even have to be restrictive, but she also needs to regularly get active. My doctor defined regular exercise as raising my heart rate, breaking a sweat and breathing hard for at least 20 minutes 3 times a week. To really get in shape she needs to do both cardio and weight training - the later is not to bulk up and become a body builder but to tone and strengthen her muscles. Find an activity that she enjoys and encourage her to work at it. Personally I like swimming and stationary bikes. My husband hates not being able to get somewhere when he's getting exercise so he likes to ride along some of the bike trails and back roads where we live. My sister-in-law goes jogging in the mornings. Whatever she takes enjoyment in doing, that is active, get her doing it regularly.


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