I've noticed a girl in my daughter's grade at school who is pretty pudgy—and she's always smiling. One reason she may be so happy: Her parents have decided not to focus on her weight. They probably believe that it's more important for their daughter to feel good about herself and enjoy a normal childhood than to be self-conscious about whether she's as thin as the other girls. I'm glad that this girl isn't uncomfortable about how she looks, but I don't envy her parents. I'm sure it's hard to be a kid in our body-obsessed culture, and to watch perfect-looking tween celebrities on the Disney channel.
Your Child's Weight
Help! Is This My Body? (for Teens) - Nemours KidsHealth
Has this ever happened to you? You're dressing for a date and when you pull on your favorite jeans, you can no longer button them. Or you're running down the football field when you notice that your legs rub together in a way they never did before. Maybe when you look in the mirror it seems like your pores are taking over your face.
Help! Is This My Body?
It seems like a simple one, but it's not always easy to answer. Not everyone grows and develops on the same schedule. During puberty , the body begins making hormones that spark physical changes like breast development in girls, testicular enlargement in boys, and spurts in height and weight gain in both boys and girls. These changes continue for several years. The average kid can expect to grow as much as 10 inches 25 centimeters during puberty before reaching full adult height.
If you were to consult behavioral pediatrician Donald Greydanus because you think your child has a weight problem, you might be surprised at the direction his questions take. Initially, Greydanus' goal is to figure out whom the weight is bothering: you or your child. He contends, and many professionals agree, that most of the time a weight problem is a problem not for the child but for the parents.