How to Help Skinny Kids Gain Weight

Submitted by on August 11, 2010 – 9:56 pmOne Comment

Everybody is talking about childhood obesity. But what about underweight children? While the media mostly focuses on healthy foods for kids from the perspective of preventing weight gain (cut back sugar, watch fat intake, etc.), The Chicago Tribune published an interesting article today, explaining why more food is not the answer to getting skinny kids to gain weight. To the contrary, simply feeding your skinny kid more without finding out the real reasons for his thinness can set the stage for unhealthy eating habits, according to the article.

One professor of pediatrics cautions that there could even be behavioral issues behind a child being too skinny. Kids quickly figure out they can get a lot of attention from parents if they don’t eat.

Oftentimes, parents think their child should eat much more that they do in reality, because they way overestimate kids’ portion sizes. Your child’s stomach is about the size of her fist. That’s a helpful visual, isn’t it? Think about how little food that is on her plate!

Read more in ZisBoomBah’s exclusive series on SKINNY KIDS:

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  3. Skinny Kids: How do you know your child is malnourished?
  4. Every Bite Counts: Boost meals for healthy weight gain

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Categories: Healthy Meals and Activities for Kids, Issues, Skinny Kids

One Comment »

  • Wilson says:

    My 12 1/2 year old daughter struggles to put on 2lb per year if she’s lucky.
    Her height is 141cm and weighs 30kg.Shes under the peditrican and doctor who both say she’s fine within normal limits, although on the bottom centile.
    She does suffer with an anxiety (worrying) which can often make her vomit ,although this may happen 5 times in 2 weeks ,then nothing for Another few months it’s very random.but this clearly dosent help with the weight gain.
    On the whole she’s a good eater but generally can’t keep anything down at breakfast when she’s worrying ,but this doesn’t happen any other time of the day.she eats all the correct foods to try and gain weight bananas,pasta,dairy etc .Im unsure what else I can do,and I’m guessing she’s not going to start puberty in the near future as she’s so tiny.( but all in proportion),
    Any help would be much appreciated
    Please could you reply to my personal email
    Thank you

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