How Can I Help My Overweight Niece? [Forum]

Thursday, June 3, 2010 12:04
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I hope someone can give me some advice. My niece will be three in July. She is about 3 1/2 feet tall and weighs just over 50 pounds. She’s so big she wears 7-8 in girls clothes. She’s constantly running into things and tripping because she’s overweight.

Her pediatrician has recommended to my sister to stop giving her sugary or fattening foods because of her weight. When she eats she shovels food in her mouth and barely chews! I’m always afraid she’s going to choke! She gags on her food occassionally. She ALWAYS wants to eat. She will whine for long periods of time when she is told no.

How do I or should I talk to my sister about this. Diabetes and heart disease run on BOTH sides of our family. My niece’s father (my sisters’ boyfriend) is actually a diabetic. I worry about her health and her future. Could she have an “eating disorder” brought on by my sister and my mother always giving and comforting her with food?

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