My 9 year old son is tall but very skinny for his age.He was born prematurely at 3 lbs and has always had a healthy appetite ,although the first 3 of your reasons are identifiable to my son and his dad and the family but my thing is I still think he is wayyy to thin for his age .His clothes are extremely baggy on him and I would just like to know how to get him to increase his size.
He eats bread and cheese a lot and is fond of his cereal .I have no problem really on getting him to eat other foods but he just wouldn’t put on size.
Am I over reacting to his size or is there something I can do ?
Some kids are just genetically predetermined to be on the skinnier side. Does his pediatrician have any concerns about his weight? Were you or your husband skinny when you were at his age? It sounds like he eats well and is healthy, but is there anything else going on (like gastrointestinal issues, or hyperactivity, or social anxiety, sleep issues, etc? ) See if you can give him an extra snack or two each day. If he fidgets, see if you can get him to sit still. If he’s highly active, see if you can get him doing more mild activities on some days that will conserve calories. In some individuals, the more we feed them, the more active they become, and they just burn off all the extra energy they ingested! The goal would be to increase his intake substantially each and every day. Sometimes this is best done by adding a glass of milk to each meal along with a bedtime mini meal (like another ½ to full sandwich plus a glass of orange juice and maybe a squeeze pack of applesauce). Or maybe get him snacking between meals (nutritious ideas: trail mix, yogurt with granola, honey roasted nuts or pumpkin seeds, chocolate covered raisins, corn tortilla chips with guacamole and/or salsa, packet of instant oatmeal with honey, raisins, and chopped pecans, or 100% real fruit frozen fruit pops. Just be consistent each day with getting his overall calorie intake up…bigger portions at meals, more calorie dense options (like extra butter on his bread, or extra olive oil in his salad dressing or topping his broccoli with cheese, etc).
Lisa Lanzano, MS RDN