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Underweight child

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 19:32
by Big Vern
My 7 year old has a BMI of 14.9. I'm not massively concerned, but you know how it is when you breed. She is a slow eater but she always has healthy food I cook and she eats loads of fruit. I suggested to the wife giving her ice cream everyday to whack up the sugar input. :idunno: That went down like a lead balloon. Any ideas?

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 19:45
by Kal El
Big Vern wrote:My 7 year old has a BMI of 14.9. I'm not massively concerned, but you know how it is when you breed. She is a slow eater but she always has healthy food I cook and she eats loads of fruit. I suggested to the wife giving her ice cream everyday to whack up the sugar input. :idunno: That went down like a lead balloon. Any ideas?

Leave her be. As long as she's healthy she's fine. My boy is the same. Sprouting like crazy, but thin as a rake. Always been a picky eater, but eats when he wants to, and healthy like your girl. Don't get her hooked on sugar. It's best to instill a healthy eating philosophy than trying to fatten her up on crap.
I was like my boy, too. 56kg in Matric (grade 12). Now I'm 95-98kgs most of the time. :idunno:

Unless she's ill, there's nothing wrong with her. Forget about Amah and everyone else going on about how cute fat kids are, health and whatnot blah blah blah. She's fine.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 21:55
by Toad
Back when I had a family, we had one kid who was overweight and one kid who was thin as a rake. Once they hit their 20s they both turned out just fine.

BMI is fairly meaningless for kids, anyway. As Kal El said, keep feeding her healthy stuff, don't get her hooked on sugar, and it'll work itself out.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 22:06
by Big Vern
Yeah, I know. Just being a drama queen. Kids are worry magnets.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 22:22
by Icon
Honest question: is it a thing that kids are fussy eaters? I mean I had to eat what was on the plate or chancleta. And I remember being hungry when there was no food. But nowadays my coworkers have trouble getting their kids to eat. My siblings the same. They never ate a lot and only ate certain stuff to this day so I blame them. But my coworkers follow a healthy diet yet their kids recoil at the sight of fruit.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 22:41
by Big Vern
Icon wrote:Honest question: is it a thing that kids are fussy eaters? I mean I had to eat what was on the plate or chancleta. And I remember being hungry when there was no food. But nowadays my coworkers have trouble getting their kids to eat. My siblings the same. They never ate a lot and only ate certain stuff to this day so I blame them. But my coworkers follow a healthy diet yet their kids recoil at the sight of fruit.

There's probably an evolutionary reason behind why many kids are fussy eaters. Avoiding foods their developing stomach can't yet process, maybe.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 22:59
by jimipresley
Big Vern wrote:There's probably an evolutionary reason behind why many kids are fussy eaters. Avoiding foods their developing stomach can't yet process, maybe.

Is there a reason that you could supply a link to, or is it utterly speculative?

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 23:20
by Big Vern
jimipresley wrote:
Big Vern wrote:There's probably an evolutionary reason behind why many kids are fussy eaters. Avoiding foods their developing stomach can't yet process, maybe.

Is there a reason that you could supply a link to, or is it utterly speculative?


Udderly speculative. Probably.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 00:50
by Tempo Gain
jimipresley wrote:
Big Vern wrote:There's probably an evolutionary reason behind why many kids are fussy eaters. Avoiding foods their developing stomach can't yet process, maybe.

Is there a reason that you could supply a link to, or is it utterly speculative?


I think I actually saw something about this the other day. It was a study that explained why children don't seem to care for vegetables.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 09:03
by Toad
Tempo Gain wrote:It was a study that explained why children don't seem to care for vegetables.

It's just another random opinion, but I suspect it's something to do with the way taste develops. I can clearly remember certain things tasting different when I was a kid; things I didn't like then, I like now, and vice versa.

https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus ... e-buds.htm

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:07
by Icon
Toad wrote:
Tempo Gain wrote:It was a study that explained why children don't seem to care for vegetables.

It's just another random opinion, but I suspect it's something to do with the way taste develops. I can clearly remember certain things tasting different when I was a kid; things I didn't like then, I like now, and vice versa.

https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus ... e-buds.htm


I know that kids tend to drink clorox and dirt because their taste buds and sense of smell are not developed. But how can some survive on a diet of pao mien is beyond me. I mean, my coworkers kids do not like fries or chicken or pasta. Fruit is anatema.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:52
by Toad
Icon wrote:I know that kids tend to drink clorox and dirt because their taste buds and sense of smell are not developed.

Well ... I think that's more to do with their hamster-like suicidal tendencies. Possibly it's nature's way of weeding out the stupid ones :)

I suppose the other aspect is that parents can be super over-indulgent in Taiwan (especially where they've only got one kid, obtained via expensive fertility treatment). Kids will more-or-less eat what they're given if it's full of MSG and sugar, so it's easy to train them to eat junk food.

I've seen a lot of families in the Philippines feeding their kids on nothing but shit from plastic packets because (a) the parents genuinely believe it's healthy (b) they think fat kids are 'cute' and (c) that's pretty much all that's available. Apart from (b), that's clearly not the case in Taiwan.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:06
by Big Vern
Toad wrote:
I suppose the other aspect is that parents can be super over-indulgent in Taiwan (especially where they've only got one kid, obtained via expensive fertility treatment).

Mine was perfectly natural, squire. Took quite a while, though. 16 years old, condom splits, pregnant. 40+ 4 times a day and takes for ever. Enough to put a man off sex for life.

Perhaps too much information. :lol:

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 13:39
by Tempo Gain
Toad wrote:It's just another random opinion, but I suspect it's something to do with the way taste develops. I can clearly remember certain things tasting different when I was a kid; things I didn't like then, I like now, and vice versa.

https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus ... e-buds.htm


It makes sense that we'd have a suspicion of new tastes until it looked sure that they weren't going to hurt us.

Re: Underweight child

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 14:33
by Icon
Toad wrote:
Icon wrote:I know that kids tend to drink clorox and dirt because their taste buds and sense of smell are not developed.

Well ... I think that's more to do with their hamster-like suicidal tendencies. Possibly it's nature's way of weeding out the stupid ones :)

I suppose the other aspect is that parents can be super over-indulgent in Taiwan (especially where they've only got one kid, obtained via expensive fertility treatment). Kids will more-or-less eat what they're given if it's full of MSG and sugar, so it's easy to train them to eat junk food.

I've seen a lot of families in the Philippines feeding their kids on nothing but shit from plastic packets because (a) the parents genuinely believe it's healthy (b) they think fat kids are 'cute' and (c) that's pretty much all that's available. Apart from (b), that's clearly not the case in Taiwan.


But explain to me how come a kid turns down a hamburguer?! A grilled cheese sandwich! Heck, I have seen them turn down fried chicken!!! Their Mom is a great baker, they turn down brownies, for Gordon Ramsay's sake!