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June 13, 2007

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Kristen

hang in there fg. hope it gets better soon.

Summer

I've lucked out, in that my kid is a fantastic eater, but when I was a little girl I was much like Trout. I was the scrawny kid who rarely weighed enough to even make it onto the height/weight chart. I was the kid who didn't like to eat, who didn't feel much hunger, who just didn't want to take the time to eat. My mom dealt with part of it by letting me read at the table. I love to read, always have, and if I could read while eating I'd spend more time eating.

You haven't failed her, Fishy. It's not because of something you did or didn't do, it's just the way she is, just like my kid is a good eater because that's just who he is, not because I produce magically delicious meals. (And it's certainly not because I give him Lucky Charms. The most sugary cereal you'll find in my house is Frosted Mini Wheats, and those are my husband's.) And she's healthy even though she's skinny, right?

FWIW, I grew up from being a stick of a kid to become a woman who has to work to keep her weight down. I grew out of not liking to eat, too. Food and I are best friends now.

Minnow

Believe it or not Fishygirl,

I was a stick skinny kid who never ate anything. I was such a picky eater I can still remember my mom trying in vain to get me to eat especially at dinner time. She would cook 2 or 3 different things hoping I would eat something. Around age 10, I started liking food more and now of course I love food :) It can be genetic as my father never ate a variety of foods and neither does anyone on my dad's side. My uncle only ate Cheerios, milk, bread until he was well into his twenties. He never ate meals at the table during holidays. So I wouldn't worry about it. Hang in there!

Carmen

My nine, almost ten year old weighs 48 pounds. My 7.5 year old weighs 45. Both are skinny, skinny kids with lots of energy.

I know it's hard, but try not to worry. She's eating well, exercising enough, right? Some people are heavier and some are lighter, and she's one of the lighter ones.

We can talk about it next month!

Fish-flopper

I weighed 20 kg (44 lb) when I was 9 years old - trust me, she'll be fine :-) My mom was always trying to get me to eat. She took me to a nutritionist, who said I had to eat three meals a day and three snacks. I developed some bad eating habits at that time because the snacks I was given were chips and cookies (for the calories). She will eat when she is hungry and it sounds like she likes foods that are good for her. I promise you that she won't die of starvation!! xo J

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