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What's your opinion of my child's weight?

(66 Posts)
poachedeggs Fri 30-Nov-12 19:15:21

Following my rant in AIBU the other day, I've been discussing DS's weight with a couple of friends. Their opinion surprised me.

Pic on profile, what do you think?

Hobbitation Sun 02-Dec-12 23:16:26

Irish dancing. DD1 started a few weeks ago, loves it so much and never stops! (Though it does get annoying). She has always been active and I wasn't worried about her weight, BMI bang in the middle of the healthy range, but she looks so very lean & fit now. Think I'm going to try it myself...What I mean though is if they find something really active they love doing it helps. Obviously food plays a part also.

PerryCombover Sun 02-Dec-12 17:43:17

I've checked online and she's 68% 64% so I'm not worried again
I think...she does look a chubster though

poachedeggs Sun 02-Dec-12 15:33:13

butter his appetite for fruit knows no bounds, it's amazing. Costs me a bloody fortune as well.

I don't feel like we can't address it though. It shouldn't be hard to sort out. Batteries are back in the WiiFit now, he 'went for a run' this morning!

PerryCombover Sun 02-Dec-12 14:29:51

My eldest is skinny like me (except she's still v v slim)
The middle seems chubby to me but everyone says it's still baby fat (she's 4) she's 80th for height and weight. I don't know how long I keep putting her round little face and double chin down to babyish chub? She has some belly fat too....

havingastress Sun 02-Dec-12 14:29:39

Overweight. He clearly has a covering of fat and little moobs bless him.

butterfingerz Sun 02-Dec-12 14:21:58

And if he still complains he's hungry after having a snack, dinner etc. just direct him to the fruit bowl, if he refuses then he's not really hungry.

He doesn't look 'obese' but I guess that's the clinical term. I was always on the stocky side at primary but beyond that I was a tall and lanky teen and always been a slim adult.

butterfingerz Sun 02-Dec-12 14:07:57

Less carbs, more protein I'd say, even too many brown carbs will put the weight on.

Try giving chopped ham, boiled egg, cold chicken pieces, cubes of cheese - these are just as enjoyable as the carb based snacks and will probably fill him up for longer.

Beamur Fri 30-Nov-12 22:25:06

I'd agree with you - he looks a bit chubby but not huge. Either about to have a growth spurt or in need of a few minor tweaks to his diet.
You're aware of it and seem to be clued up as to what you need to do, so good for you.
My DD got a letter home at the end of term saying her percentile was on the brink of overweight too - but with a few weeks of being a bit more thoughtful about snacks and being more active she was slimmer - but she was on the brink of a growth spurt too and has shot up and slimmed down again recently.

bruffin Fri 30-Nov-12 22:24:39

So his weight must be on a higher centile. Only 6% will have a weight to height ratio higher than him.

Hobbitation Fri 30-Nov-12 22:20:14

You should see my nephew, who is 3. Built like a tank, & really strong with it. Pick him up and he's so heavy, & just feels totally different to DD2 who is 6 months older.

poachedeggs Fri 30-Nov-12 22:19:04

Bmi, bruff.

Verugal Fri 30-Nov-12 22:18:59

He looks as though he's carrying excess fat under his arms and on his chest. We have loads of obese kids in the UK that it's skewed our perceptions of normal weight, so many parents react with disbelief when informed their child is outside normal range. Good for OP, though, doing something about it

poachedeggs Fri 30-Nov-12 22:18:22

Between 50 and 75.

exoticfruits Fri 30-Nov-12 22:18:15

Seems fine-my DS2 was on the chubby side, but then he had a growth spurt at 13yrs and it went.

bruffin Fri 30-Nov-12 22:17:13

Was that 94th centile for weight or BMI

Hobbitation Fri 30-Nov-12 22:16:37

He looks muscly rather than fat to me. Muscle is heavier than fat.

CaptainKirksNipples Fri 30-Nov-12 22:12:29

I would say he is overweight. My ds and dd had no folds under arms and can see ribs and collarbone.

poachedeggs Fri 30-Nov-12 22:12:02

He's 75th for height iI think. Let me check.

TheOriginalNutcracker Fri 30-Nov-12 22:09:19

Blimey, if that is classed as obese then god knows what they'd have my son down as. He is overweight (due to medication), but i bet they'd put him at moribidly obese or something.

I think your son looks just fine.

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Fri 30-Nov-12 22:07:15

He looks a bit chubby, cant see his "legs bums and tums", but can see he has puppy fat on his "breasts".

My son looks pretty much the same, apart from his chest which is totally flat in comparison. My son swims twice a week though, in addition to basket ball and other after school sports and PE. Swimming does wonders for the chest, shoulders and arms.

Cant believe he is down as "obese" though! shock
That is almost a mockery!

poachedeggs Fri 30-Nov-12 22:07:06

I think portions is probably the issue. We have a very good diet on the whole, carbs are brown rather than white usually, lots of veg, minimal fried food, sweets and cakes etc are occasional and not available whenever. I'm pretty conscious of nutrition but the portions possibly less so. And DS does need to be told when to stop (hence me not allowing school lunches except for occasional days).

Casmama Fri 30-Nov-12 22:04:27

Btw I think often friends want to be kind or say what you want to here so I wouldn't pay too much attention to that.

judefawley Fri 30-Nov-12 22:04:22

I think he looks chubby, but not drastically so.

Casmama Fri 30-Nov-12 22:03:36

What percentile is he on for height?

ISeeThreadPeople Fri 30-Nov-12 22:01:50

I think if you're overweight as a family but doing lots of activity then perhaps portion sizes are your problem. And it's something you can all do together.

Does he drink enough? While eating and inbetween times? DD is also 5 and on days when she's hungry constantly, we insist she has a good drink and wait a while before eating. Hunger and thirst feel exactly the same. Fewer carbs perhaps, more protein. Maybe a bit of a family overhaul of diet.

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