At my beautiful five year old daughter's check-up, I was informed that her BMI was in the 95th percentile, and that we should see a nutritionist (together). I asked if I go go alone, and they told me that she needs to be there. I'm not sure what to do.
I know a good deal about nutrition. We eat a healthy diet. My daughter doesn't drink juice, doesn't eat processed food beyond the occasional oreo cookie in her lunchbox, and eats a well-balanced diet -- fruits and vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish. She is definitely active, running around like crazy at the playground and doing organized activities (gymnastics, soccer, and swimming) on the weekends. She has a pot belly and isn't a skinny kid, but does not appear fat -- she's just heavier than she is tall. Her older sister is on the opposite end of the weight charts, and I can't help feeling that the baby just got the wrong end of the genetic stick. My husband was a skinny kid, I was not, and while we are both at a healthy weight as adults, one child takes after each of us.
I thought I would go to the nutritionist just to have a check-in, but friends have counseled me that having a little girl see a nutritionist -- a little girl who is not super skinny -- is just a straight ticket for an eating disorder.
What do you suggest? I feel like we are caught up in the childhood obesity epidemic, and I want to do what is right for my family -- now and in the long term.
From: Alice, Cambridge, MA