View Full Version : Not picky enough-considered overweight.
11-04-2008, 03:37 PM
My almost 2 year old son eats everything. He'll try anything you put in front of him. Only problem is, he doesn't like anything nutritious. No fruit, no veggies. I'm not sure what to do. He loves the V8 splash though. I think he's over weight. He's always been a solid kid. When he was only months old, He looked like he didn't weigh much, but when he was picked up, it was like a cement bag or something. I'm kind of exaggerating but you know what I mean. But even now, he doesn't look like a really overweight kid. He's 3ft tall (36 inches) and weighs 45 lbs and he's not even 2 yet. I can barely pick him up. You would never be able to tell that by looking at him. What do you think I should do to get him to lose some baby weight? He's an active kid, he's off the walls at home. He gets 2 bottles of milk a day, one in the morning, and one at night. I'm in the process of taking him off that now. Any takers?
11-04-2008, 03:53 PM
Wowza! Does your doctor have any thoughts on his size/weight? If he fits on the chart, I suppose there's no reason to worry. Generally, I think we're not supposed to try to control their weight until later, but we should always be concerned about nutrition. So he likes sweet stuff. Sigh. Not terribly convenient for the nutrition endeavors. I'm no expert, but I've done a little bit of reading on "sugar addiction"...might be something to consider. Other foods might not seem appealing until the sugar cycle is broken. A friend of mine recently started a sugar fast--pretty radical for my taste, but she immediately lost weight and quit having cravings and started to enjoy other foods more. I think after a couple weeks of complete sugar fast, she's able to start reintroducing natural sugars again (like fruits and stuff like that). He's definitely too old to be on a bottle. What's he drinking in the bottle? Formula should certainly be over with, but because of his size he shouldn't be on whole milk either. Whatever changes you decide to make, try for the smoothest transition possible so as not to rock his world too violently. Good luck to you!
11-04-2008, 08:06 PM
I agree with MommaC, I wouldn't worry about weight so much as nutrition. You are in total control of what he eats. If you don't buy it, he can't eat it. Not trying to sound harsh, but I would definitely get him started with some veggies and fruits. As far as the V8 Splash, try V8 Fusion instead. All the fruits and veggies without the high-fructose corn syrup. But he still doesn't need more than 4-6 oz. a day. My kids love to drink water but they have to have ice in it. Our fridge dispenses crushed ice and they just love that. If you start now, he will probably not even notice much. You may have a couple of rough days, but isn't his health worth it? He'll thank you one day!
p.s. He's a cutie and doesn't "look" overweight".
11-04-2008, 08:55 PM
I have never introduced my kids to anything I don't want them eating all the time. Just go cold turkey. If he won't eat what you feed him- the healthy stuff- then he doesn't eat. He'll get the picture eventually. I'm a big advocate of 100% fruit juice- and even then diluting it with water by half. My girls don't know the difference!
11-05-2008, 01:26 PM
Thank you so much. I appreciate the feed back. I'll try all suggestions and let you know how everything turns out!!
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