A mother of a five-year-old little girl has admitted to putting her daughter on a diet, saying, “it’s for her own good.”
Mum PurpleSky2 writes on popular parenting website Mumsnet the decision was made in a bid to help her daughter – who is within the healthy weight range for her current age and height – avoid suffering taunting later in life.
“I don’t want her to struggle with bullying etc and she is quite greedy,” the UK mum wrote, “She has a hearty appetite and loves food. It makes me sad to be stricter but it is for her own good.”
She is 5 next week and very tall 122cm. She weighs nearly 25kg (24.7kg on my scales). On then NHS (the UK’s National Health Service) BMI calculator that is just about fine but in some of the others she is overweight. She looks solid – no fat on body but I would like to help her drop 1kg or stay static for rest of year,” she continued.
“I’ve started watching her diet a lot more and she has started school now so not with me constantly asking for food and I think school dinners are less than the hearty meals her private nursery gave and loved to feed her seconds.”
“She does swimming lessons but no other clubs yet but when more settled at school will try dance or something. Over summer we have been out nearly every day We have to drive to school as miles away but hopefully will move in new year and walk.”
Many of the responses are questioning why the mum should even be concerned about her size at this age, and fear she will be creating body issues.
What do you think? Is this mum making good choices for her little girl or creating bigger issues?
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