Update on My Daughter’s Weight Issue

love2eatinpa, 30 December 2009, 3 comments
Categories: How my Eating Disorder Affects my Kids
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I had my daughter back to the pediatrician for her 6-week follow-up check up. (Here are the last two posts about this in case you missed them or need a refresher: The Pediatrician Confirmed our Fears and My Daughter is Eating Better) I am thrilled to report that she gained 4 pounds!!! The doctor was very pleased and didn’t feel she needed to be sent for blood work. Clearly, it was her eating, or lack thereof, that was causing her not to gain weight as she was supposed to. We need to go back in about 5 months, when she is 10-1/2, to get her weighed and measured to make sure she is back on track and growing appropriately.

The pediatrician and I both stressed that eating the proper amount of (mostly) healthy foods will help her body to be the best that it can be, to be strong and grow to the right size. We told her to listen to her body when it tells her it is hungry.

My husband and I still do not know where the lack of eating came from – peer pressure or from her eating-disordered mom, but more than likely it’s a combination of both. It seems that, thank goodness, just making some changes like buying full fat versions of some of her fav go-to’s like peanut butter and cream cheese, as well as allowing her the freedom of choosing some junk food to have in the house, has made a big difference. By doing that, my husband and I didn’t have to be the food police who had to harrangue her to eat. Doing that would only lead to further eating issues for her. Lord willing, when we go back in May for a re-check, she will be growing/gaining properly.

This is a new year’s blessing.

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  1. shawn
    31 December 2009, 8:47 am

    May she continue to thrive! Hope you have a “quiet” New Year.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thank you! same to you!

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  2. Jess
    31 December 2009, 10:28 am

    I am so glad that you’re talking with your daughter about food, and I really think that it was all that plus social pressure to be rail-thin (seeing as 2% of the population can ever achieve model-thin status).

    Something to consider: In 2006, Spain forced designers who wanted to show to design for BMIs of 18-22. A BMI under 18 is considered underweight to dangerously underweight.

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/09/13/spain.models/index.html

    More recently, Israel is considering following suit:

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1136481.html

    A German women’s magazine is using female models who reflect normal female sizes and ages:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/07/2706789.htm

    France did a few things, too:

    http://www.drrobynsilverman.com/body-image/illegal-to-promote-ultra-thinness-in-france/

    When I see super-thin models, all I can remember is the horrifying World War II concentration camp liberation photos. I look at these women and feel queasy. While I am sure ha handful of them do eat a lot (it’s possible some have hyperthyroidism), I can’t imagine most of them are “naturally” ultra-thin. And being ultra-thin leads to most of the same health problems severe obesity does. In fact, a girl at my high school who was naturally thin ended up with anorexia anyway; she got so thin during her senior year she had to be hospitalized because one of her lungs collapsed.

    I am wishing you luck on this; I remember after an a meeting recently where an OA member asked people to pray for her granddaughter who had “stopped eating” because she apparently wanted to be a size two or zero like her friends and the celebrities she saw.

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