Help My Overweight 7-Year-Old!

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Playing Mom Needs Help for Her Overweight 7-Year-Old

Jeanette has come to The Doctors because she is concerned for her 7-year-old daughter Faith, who is 4 feet tall and weighs 85 pounds.

Watch: How to Make a Family Food Makeover

She says her daughter is bullied and mocked at school because of her weight. Jeanette feels she might be to blame for her daughter's weight, as she used to think she should not deny a child food if asked for it. She explains Faith will often ask for things like chips and juice after finishing dinner. At a recent doctor's visit, they informed her that Faith's cholesterol levels were elevated and she might have a thyroid issue.

Jeanette says they have made changes at home, getting rid of unhealthy foods and replacing them with things like fresh fruit and yogurt. To help the family continue to make healthy food choices, we welcome pediatric dietician Dr. Beth Saltz who is giving the family a food makeover.

Watch: Most Toddlers Consuming Adult Level Amounts of Sugar?

Beverages: Dr. Saltz notes that juice can contain three teaspoons of sugar (and that a child should only have 4 teaspoons of sugar a day). Instead of juice and soda, she encourages parents to serve water or diluted juices.

Snacks: Instead of allowing your child to eat from the bag of the snack food, she says to portion out the snack food in small bowls or containers and the pair the snack food with healthy food like string cheese, veggies and hummus, fruit or yogurt.

Bread: She suggests swapping out white bread for whole-grain bread, which has fiber and can help with cholesterol levels.

Eating: Dr. Saltz also explains that distracted eating, like eating while watching TV or a tablet, can lead to excessive eating.

Additionally, Dr. Saltz is happy to share that she’s going to work with Jeanette and Faith for 5 free sessions, and she gives the concerned mom a gift basket of some of her favorite healthy foods.

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