- Family and Parenting
Confused about my overweight child
I am having a difficult time trying to understand why my child is overweight and what to do about it. I feel for him when he tells me he is fat and that kids make fun of him. I can tell that it is really starting to bother him and I don't know what to do about it or what has caused him to gain so much weight. I tell him that it is just "baby fat" and that it will go away but he just seems to gain more. I have done a lot of reading on this and a lot of the sources say that children are more likely to be overweight if one or both parents are overweight. However, in my case me nor his father are overweight. I have four other children and they are not overweight. I feed them all the same. I am left clueless.
My son's weight was perfectly normal until he was around four, then he just gained 25 pounds in about 6-8 months. (He is seven now.) Mind you, both of my boys are big for their age anyway: heighth and stature. So after this, he just kept gaining. I talked to the pediatrician who says my son is overweight and I ask "What can I do?" He says cut back on sugar and get him out from in front of the television. My son would play outside all day long if you would let him, so I don't think "getting him out from in front of the television" applies. I cut out all sugary drinks, switched to 1% milk, and try to limit snacking. None of this helped. I am still doing all those things, however they just don't seem to make a difference. I talked to a different pediatrician a couple weeks ago who said maybe his metabolism is just slow. Maybe it is, so what can I do about it?
My mom thinks maybe he has yeast overgrowth. My son had tons of ear infections and was on antibiotics constantly. At one time, he was on antibiotics for two and a half months straight. He also had bad asthma as a baby and had to be on steroid type medications for years. I have done some reading on yeast overgrowth and antibiotics and steroids are supposed culprits of causing this. However, when I tried to talk to the pediatrician about this, they looked at me as if I were crazy. Like yeast overgrowth was just some health food store mumbo jumbo. So I have not tried anything to rid my son of yeast overgrowth. I am thinking about starting that now and will try to let you guys in on how this works. Because from what I have read, if yeast overgrowth is a real condition, then he has a lot of the symptoms; weight gain, acting sleepy, problems focusing.
If anyone else out there has had the same problems and has found something that has helped them, please comment below. I do not want my child to continue to have to suffer with this and right now I feel almost helpless in stopping it.