The "Overweight" Child

You may have been told your child is too fat (or at risk of getting too fat) if his BMI is above the 85th or 95th percentile. Or if his weight is crossing percentiles on his growth curve. Or if your weight is high.

Don’t panic. And don’t restrict—that is absolutely the wrong thing to do. It will make him continually want to eat, sneak food, eat as much as he can whenever he can, and yes, gain too much weight.

Instead, do an excellent job with feeding.  

Let him grow up to get the body that is right for him. Even if he is above the 95th percentile, if he grows consistently, he is growing well. Just know that his big body is smaller than if you had restricted him. 

For more about raising children who eat as much as they need and get bodies that are right for them (and for research backing up this advice), see Ellyn Satter's Your Child's Weight: Helping Without Harming, Kelcy Press, 2005. Also see to purchase books and to review comprehensive educational materials that teach stage-related feeding and solve feeding problems.

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