she's 5. She has a lovely little tum and has a healthy appetite. We never mention being fat in our house but she's walking round trying to hold her stomach in and questioning how much her friend eats (not much so she has no tum whatsoever). Don't think she's overly bothered but I feel a little that she's brought it up.
We always talk about how little people have very little pelvises (so they can be born), and these are too small for all their organs to fit in - which is why they have sticky out tums (not fat) until they grow a bit bigger.
DD still has a sticky out tummy at 4.2 although not all her friends do. It hasn't been raised as an issue though thankfully. I think if it does we'll just have a chat about how people are all different shapes and sizes and that if she eats healthily then she'll be fine.
my ms is a skinny minnie and my ys is a chubby Bubby (ewell, he is 4 now, so no Baby)...and ms often tells ys what a big tum he has....so, I usually yes, ys has a gorgeous big tummy which is most beautyful....so now he says....look at my beautyful big tummy...and I have a gorgeous fat belly
Primary schools are so obsessed with obesity and healthy eating that many children seem to be worrying about their weight. Even dd, who is extremely slim and healthy, worries about whether her thighs are too big - she is very athletic and there isn't a pick of fat on her.
Her coach keeps telling me to make sure she gets plenty of "fuel", but the school dinner ladies bang on about not eating too much.
I really worry about the fact that by the time they are halfway through primary school, perfectly normal children are worrying about being fat.
I know obesity is a problem - I work in the NHS and I see the evidence every day. I don't know what the answer is. The people who need to follow the advice about healthy eating are the ones least likely to heed it.
I always called it a healthy belly and said it meant she would grow up big and strong.
I feel your pain - I have spent the day trying to get clothes for my DD who is 9 - honestly, clothes are cut for teenagers not little girls.
Luckily H&M came up trumps but I am sick of hovering round the issue of why nothing fits her when we go clothes shopping. Everything is "skinny fit" or "slim fit" - where the hell is "normal little girl fit"?
I have no doubt in a year or so she will shoot upwards and inwards but in the meantime I tell her how lovely she is every day and try dress her in swing dresses and leggings etc. A cute look I think anyway, with some nice ballet pumps. Silver ones - new today from New Look.
DS1 is always asking if he is fat or has a big tummy. I am sad about htis as i do not diet never talk about weight/ being fat ets; I am sure it has come from all the emphasis on helathy eating at school.