Is my Primal/Paleo toddler overweight?

Answered on January 07, 2014
Created December 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM

My husband have been following a 80/20 Primal/paleo diet for the last two years. My husband has lost over 80 pounds and I, though I have never been over weight, have maintained a weight that is 7-9 pounds less then I use to be. Our Daughter who is now 2 has always been high percentile and even off the charts but I worry a little bit about her weight as she gets older. She loves good, real food and will dig into chicken thighs and broccoli with the best of them. She eats what we eat. However I wonder if its normal for her to be in those percentiles while eating this type of diet. Anyone ever experienced this on a Primal/paleo diet?



on January 07, 2014
at 04:38 PM

Well I went to the pediatrician and she wasn't overly concerned about My daughters percentiles. However she did recommend I give her SKIM milk and low fat milk products now that she's two because apparently "Its the calcium that we really want for kids, not all of the unhealthy fats." HAHA!! Anyone know where I can find a doctor that isn't still brainwashed by "common sense"??


on December 28, 2013
at 09:03 PM

She could be about to grow. Some kids (I know my mom said this was true of me and my brother) gain weight right before a growth spurt, but then that's just WMG.

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on January 07, 2014
at 08:25 PM

Maybe get her to do some pushups? Burpees? =)

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on January 07, 2014
at 05:11 PM

My brother was a very fat baby. He remained tubby through most of Jr. High. Around the end of that and the beginning of high school he naturally leaned out, got a little taller, and ended up with a very strong, lean, muscular body. We were all a little thrown off. It doesn't seem like he worked much at it and he was never really into sports after the middle of Jr. High. Oddly, it was in his tubby youth that he played hard core soccer like a champ. Don't worry about it until she's a lot older.



on December 28, 2013
at 07:56 PM

It is more alarming when a child falls off the curve than where they are on the curve. If you kid started on the 85th percentile then it is best that he/she stays on the 85th percentile.

The growth charts are really only used in the first two years. Where you child sits on that is a good predictor of where they will be in kindergarten, but by third grade it has no statistical significance at predicting height or weight.

My oldest was in the 12th percentile for weight and 40th percentile for height. We were always worried despite the fact that she ate great and developing well. She's in 2nd grade and is the tallest in her class, and has put on a good deal of weight too (not fat, just not boney anymore). My 2nd was 75th percentile for weight and 20th percentile for height. She's in 1st grade and is now 50/50 (although I miss those chubby cheeks).

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on December 27, 2013
at 09:17 PM

if she is eating healthy then her weight isnt a concern. I'd be more worried about a small child who only eats chicken nuggets from macdonalds like most kids these days.

So keep it up :)



on December 27, 2013
at 07:39 PM

I'm going to have to see a picture of her. I know fat when I see it.


on December 27, 2013
at 03:44 PM

High in percentiles means she's big compared to other children her age. It doesn't mean she's fat. Notice that you get a percentile for weight and for height. If she's high in both of those, it just means she's a big kid. My nephew is like this: he's been 95% and up since birth, but he's never been fat. Your daughter is also at the age that she hasn't started to lean out to the early elementary school body type (what I called "the foal stage" when my older daughter entered it), so baby fat is still normal.

Pediatricians are generally pretty attuned to the childhood obesity thing. I would think that if it was a problem, your pediatrician would have mentioned it at a well child visit.



on December 25, 2013
at 08:55 PM

I think this is a highly sensitive area. If you are providing the healthiest food then you should let your child dictate the quantity. My own daughter is very high in the percntiles. I know that she will need to be the one to address this in later years if she decides she wants to loose weight.

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