Friday, November 24, 2006

The kid gained some weight!

In an earlier post, I had mentioned that my 10 year old is really underweight, like in the 2nd percentile. As of September 29th, he weighed 24.8 kg, or 54.7 pounds. This was due to a combination of things, including being genetically predisposed on both sides to thinness, being a picky 10 year old eater, and taking Concerta for ADD.

So my Pediatrician gave us grief and we proceeded to engage in a fattening campaign. Unlike the average family, we already ate very very healthy, so I've had to do a bit of a 180 here. We switched from 1% milk to homogenized milk, started serving dessert after dinner, and changed our snacking habits from fresh fruit to the equivalent of food porn. I'm talking cookies, cakes, pastries, crackers, the kind of stuff we NEVER have around. And this ain't easy these days. Every product on the shelf seems to have reduced its fat or become low-carb. Plus some of his favourite foods like sushi or dim sum are naturally low in fat and calories.

There have been a few times when I had to bribe him to eat a chocolate bar, seriously...

And the good news is, drum roll please...he is now officially 26.6 kg, or 58.6 pounds, plus he grew .5 cm, or a quarter of an inch!! Sigh of relief, we are now above 10th percentile.

And Christmas is coming, so the high fat eating opportunities are everywhere.

Now, I just have to resist the temptation to overeat. I'm at an okay weight, slightly down from the heights of thyroid overeating, so my pants fit, but not underweight either. With all this temptation around the house, it might be difficult to keep an even keel.

But at least my son has gained some weight, thank God.


  1. Yay! What a relief for you! I wish I could send your boy some of the calories I plan to eat over the holidays ;-)

  2. Congratulations! Our kids are often below the charts and we have been on a fattening campaign (ours were preemies). We're still on whole milk and I add butter to EVERYTHING. But I've been having a hard time with the carb/junk food side. How do you break those food habits once they gain the weight? Our kids have become sugar monsters, constantly asking for ice cream, cookies, or candy. Whereas they never did before. So now I've been cutting it back even though the weight still isn't on them. And trying to offer healthy snacks that are also higher in fat. But it's so hard to balance out everything and teach them good eating habits. Plus, they ask for carrot sticks and cucumber spears as a snack!