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My 10 year old daughter is starting her first stages of puberty. Is it normal for her to gain weight before gaining height? Also, how can I approach the school about encouraging healthy snacks? Help, I do not want her to feel unhappy with her body,yet I want to encourage healthy food and exercise.
    
Some children have a rapid weight gain before their height increases. We would look for her weight to remain stable until she goes through a growth spurt.

We would send non-food rewards to school such as pencils, erasers, bracelets etc for rewards. The other important issue is to teach your child to limit the amount she eats. One small piece of candy won't increase weight but overall increased amounts of foods and calories will. Aso teach her that it is healthy to skip a snack that is too close to dinner. Keep encouraging physical activity.

Melanie Newkirk, RD, CSP, LD
Registered dietitian, Certified Specialist in Pediatrics, and Licensed Dietitian, All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

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