Please tell me I am not the only one struggling with overweight issues. Dd is 5 and in the 75 percentile for height and 95 for weight. She is extremely picky, eats some fruits and veggies, but unfortunately also a lot of pasta/starch. Her doctor commented about making sure she got enough exercise at her physical a couple of weeks ago because her weight to height ratio is a little off. She is not what you would even call chubby, she's tall, and a little thick in the middle. She basically has my body.
I'm just really upset b/c she's in pre-K, and so the school nurse does routine lice checks, and the nurse told dd today while doing the lice thing that she "needs to get outside and take a walk to get some exercise." I don't think dd was offended, she just asked dh if he could take her for a walk because "Nurse Pat said so." Is that even appropriate for a school nurse to say something to a child like that? I realize it is her job to recognize health concerns, but she should take that up with me, not say something to a 5 year old.
I know the lack of physical activity is a problem because it's winter and normally we'd have signed her up for swimming or dance but we haven't because I have a newborn, and he was diagnosed with cancer, so we have to be very careful with crowds and plus, our schedules are just obviously so hectic right now since dh & I both work and we're dealing with a lot.
I try to teach her about healthy eating habits, we limit sweets as "sometimes" foods, and never ever mention weight or gaining weight or body size. The emphasis is only on eating a healthy variety of foods and limiting those that taste good, but have limited nutritional value. Our biggest downfall is not getting her to run around enough, and I know that.
So is there something I'm doing wrong? I know it will be better when the weather breaks b/c dh will bring her for walks and to the playground any day, weather permitting. And then in the summer we have a pool and she loves to swim.
I hate that the nurse said that to her. It is something that is on my mind all the damn time, and I really didn't need her pointing it out.