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In a post under schools there was (again) discussion about how everything revolves around food. Yet, there seems to be so much concern about children being overweight.

When dealing with food allergies we often have to avoid the food part of socialization and I'm wondering if this is apparent in size.

Is the person(s) in your family with pa overweight? underweight? ____________

I tend to be underweight and have to work at keeping on about 10 pounds, otherwise I'm sick every fall and spring.

On Oct 1, 2003

Neither of my kids (one PA, the other not) have a weight problem and I'm only about 90 lbs. myself. Truth be told, however, most people who eat the way we do probably would be overweight - we just have skinny genes.

Anna Marie, I can relate to the struggle to keep the 10 lbs. on, I have to work at it too. It can be hard to balance healthy eating habits with taking in enough calories. If I let my guard down it falls off just like that. Then I start to feel really run down, and look like a concentration camp escapee.

Amy

[This message has been edited by Going Nuts (edited October 01, 2003).]

On Oct 1, 2003

I have "skinny genes" too. I suffered "skinny" teasing in school but my revenge is now I can eat all I want and not gain (even though I'd still like to put on 10 lbs) and after PG I lose my weight right away. My PA child (3) is ULTRA picky about food but so far in 50 percentile weight. She eats very little and I worry it will catch up to her. My other child is 18 months and eats everything in site, has a very stocky build (a boy. My PA child is a girl.)

On Oct 1, 2003

My pa daughter is right on target, but my pa son is a bit underweight. I think it may be bacause he is not still for more than 60 seconds. He really does eat a lot for a little fellow his size.

On Oct 1, 2003

I am about the right weight I think... definitely not overweight.. if anything, I am too slim. I have always had a high metabolism.

On Oct 1, 2003

I have always had a fast metabolism as well. Hoping that the kids will take after me on this one. Pa DS isn't overweight but he's always been big for his age. He is, I believe, starting to level off a bit.

His feet right now are almost as big as mine are. His toes defintely are as big as mine. I think he's just going to be a big kid.

On Oct 1, 2003

I certainly don't have a problem with keeping 10 pounds on [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]. My PA ds is just under the 50th percentile for weight, and at the 50th for height. He's skinny, but not underweight. My KNA dd on the other hand, has been over the 100th percentile for height since birth, and right now is in the 80th for weight.

------------------ Tina Trevor 8/6/01 Harmony 1/22/03

On Oct 1, 2003

My oldest PA son is small for his age and a little skinny, but basically height-weight proportionate. Both his parents (me and his dad) are a little heavy!

The second-oldest PA son is average size for his age and thin but not skinny. He has never actually had a reaction.

On Oct 1, 2003

PA dd is tall and slim. (95th% for height and 50th% for weight, and that was a big leap this year from 25th for weight). I no longer think she is so slim that it is worrisome, but she has been there, and is very picky about food choices. However, her food choices are not low fat or healthy if left to her own! Generally a very small appetite as well.

I have no idea how it will bear out when she is older. She eats such small portions I fear she might actually get to be an unhealthy weight when she gets to an age where I have less control! But I don't sweat it now. Dh's family are generally slim and light eaters. becca

On Oct 1, 2003

So far, we don't have any pa's who are overweight. Do you think this is partly due to avoiding so much of the socialized eating?

For me personally, I can eat anything and it's not going to put on weight. I force myself to eat healthy food for the vitamins, then pig out on candy, cookies, whatever.

People have referred to high or fast metabolism. Since this is an individual's chemical reaction to food (sound accurate?), and a food allergy is an individual's chemical reaction to food, do you think they are related?

On Oct 1, 2003

DD got my genes, alas.

She is above the 95%th percentile for weight and at the 95%th for height. Great (said sarcastically).

On Oct 1, 2003

My PA dd has never reached the growth chart. She has always been at "negative" 10 percent. She was born nine weeks early. She is now 6 and weighs only 31 pounds. I don't cringe anymore when people call her a little "peanut!"

On Oct 1, 2003

both cubs PA

oldest (8): last weight 105 lbs. over 5 foot tall.

youngest (4 in October): last weight 42lbs. tall for age, but the "runt" [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

On Oct 1, 2003

of my two pa girls....the 7 yr old looks "solid" to me this year but is still wearing size 6 pants from old navy...so she can't really be all that solid. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] i think i compare her, build-wise, to her younger pa sister who just turned 5 over last weekend and is a delicate looking, thin child. the 7 yr old is very athletic and much more muscular than her younger sister. i wouldn't say either is dramatically larger or smaller than the norm for their age. i do think the fact that they cannot eat most candies (particularly chocolates) and do not consume any bakery products at all contributes to the fact that they stay so fit looking. i was a very thin child and always one of the thinnest girls in high school, college and beyond. however, after having four pregnancies (two sets of twins included), i turned into one of those people with "weight issues." after being on atkins for the last 3 or 4 months and consuming almost no carbs at all, i have found myself back down to almost my prepregnancy, college days weight! thank God! i have lost a little over 30 lbs now. yeah!!! it is so wonderful to see my waist again. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] my birdlegs are back! it's wonderful. but...i will never again think i'm immune to weightgain (like i used to feel). it happened to me and i used to be thinnest person around. i'm not ever letting my guard down again because i know it will sneak back on my 37 yr old, allergic-to- exercise fanny again REAL quick if i do. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

back to the original question....my pa kids do seem "fit" as compared to their peer group. i think pa has a lot to do with it. their junk food list is drastically whittled down to just a few things. lots of times they forego snacks altogether because they've tired of the limited things they can have. bryce always says she doesn't understand why they have to eat a snack at school anyway since they are all still full from lunch. she no longer eats even her own snack while the class has theirs. she just busies herself with something else. i wish i had her willpower. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

joey

On Oct 1, 2003

Anna Marie, this has always been an interesting discussion to me (I've seen it in the picky eaters thread, etc.).

My PA son is underweight. He weighs 52 pounds and is just 4' tall. My non-PA daughter, 21 months younger than him weighs at least 60 pounds and is just one inch shorter than him.

Jesse is a picky eater and I have discussed here on the board whether he is a picky eater because he simply is or because he is psychologically afraid of trying new foods (my daughter will try any new food once, Jesse will not).

Then, there's the gene thing. If you look at Jesse, he is built EXACTLY like his Father. His Father still only weighs 148 pounds and has for all of his adult life, except for some times when he's dropped even lower. He would be 5'10".

Me, on the other hand, I weigh exactly the same as my DH even though I'm only 5'-5-1/2".

So, sometimes when I look at the two kids, I think that Jesse simply takes after Dad and whereas Ember certainly isn't overweight (and I would be considered by some [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) , she's built more like me, or say her Aunt on her Father's side.

As I said, this has always been a really interesting discussion to me because I can't figure out if Jesse is underweight because he's a picky eater and if he's a picky eater because he's PA or he would have been one regardless or if he's just going to be built like Dad.

I haven't had him done on that chart thing that they do at the doctor's office in quite some time but I know that he was in the low percentile, meaning 60% of children his age weighed more than he did at the time we had it done (this was at least two years ago).

I can't believe I didn't post on the board for more than a week and no one was concerned! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

My computer monitor decided to finally die rather than fall asleep after a power outage and I just had it replaced and also got a printer (finally you all sigh [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) only to find that now my D drive isn't working. But hey, at least I have my internet access back! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]

Great question! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Oct 1, 2003

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[This message has been edited by deegann (edited March 15, 2004).]

On Oct 1, 2003

I find it interesting that so many people have reported one or more family member who is naturally thin. I wonder what that means - if anything?

On Oct 1, 2003

My PA son is underweight. In fact isn't even on the scales for his age. He is 24 lbs and is 28 months. He was 9 lbs when he was born, but around 8 months he started to level off and slowly decrease from there.

He has been tested for other allergies, diabetes, grow disorders etc and everything was negative. I am smaller and 5'3" and my husband is stocky, and 5'7". The dr has simply chalked it up to genetics and told us not to expect to have a center on the basketball team. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 1, 2003

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Originally posted by sport: [b]My pa daughter is right on target, but my pa son is a bit underweight. I think it may be bacause he is not still for more than 60 seconds. He really does eat a lot for a little fellow his size.[/b]

That is my son to a tee. Not hyper active/ADD, but constantly on the run, loves to tumble, loves to play, loves to "wrestle" with his dad, add to that not a great sleeper. Always up at the crack of dawn ready to go.

On Oct 1, 2003

I don't think that it is lack of social eating...we often eat out with our son, have family parties etc, but it is hit or miss with him. He will eat on average 2 waffles and fruit for breakfast, about a half of a sandwich, veggies, and treat for lunch, 2 small snacks, and often pushes away dinner. Add to that, we don't give him juice any longer, but only milk and water..about 24 oz a day (mostly milk, sometimes with chocolate or flavored syrup).

It is funny that you ask about the over active metabolism...I am preggo now, and recently was told that I had a hyperactive thyroid. Upon further testing, it was determined that I was not clinically hyperactive, but that I had simply a fast metabolism. I am not underweight, but I am of a medium build/bordering on smaller build.

On Oct 1, 2003

I can relate to the skinny gene thing right now I have been working to gain 10 pounds for about 6 months now, my pa son seems to be the same way

On Oct 1, 2003

My 10 year old PA son is very tall and slim, always has been this way. He's not super active, but does have a huge appetite and seems to be an eating machine. He's also a very adventurous eater - if not for this allergy, he'd try everything with abandon, and likes lots of different kinds of foods not typically liked by kids. He's a lot of fun to cook for! My nonPA daughter is the picky one and she's average in height and weight. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 2, 2003

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Originally posted by mattchrismom: [b]I have been working to gain 10 pounds for about 6 months now, [/b]

I found a double layer chocolate cake helped. (Not joking, actually was eating a few a week to gain weight after having my first son.) Pre-allergy days, sigh.

Corinne, thanks for reminding me - I'm supposed to get my thyroid tested again (every six months) because it is overactive.

And Cindy, I did notice you weren't here, but I thought maybe you were just taking a breather and that you'd be back - and here you are. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 2, 2003

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Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream: [b]I can't believe I didn't post on the board for more than a week and no one was concerned! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] [/b]

Hi Cindy,

People did ask about you.. see "Where are you" thread in off-topic. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 2, 2003

Sheesh, I'm getting a bit jealous reading about all these skinny kids and adults having difficulties putting on weight!

We're all average around here, with the adults fighting middle-age spread (sometimes losing, but always fighting). My PA DD was born at the "greater than 95th%" for both height and weight and has stayed there her whole life (she'll be five in December). She's too young and active to have had time to get fat, but she definitely has her aunt's build, so I suspect she'll be fighting her weight even more than I do all her life (at least as a child, I was always too skinny--as an incentive to gain weight, my mother promised me that I could get my ears pierced in middle school if I gained 20 pounds. Thanks, Mom!). The key for my DD will be to stay active.

Sarah

On Oct 2, 2003

My pa 3 year old son is small - 29 pounds and wears 2t clothes. My milk allergic daughter is very small - 13 months old and currently 16 1/2 pounds.

On Oct 2, 2003

Little V weighed in at 32lb- 38 3/4 height 4 Years old Her twin(Little A) 32lb- 40 height Love this site Synthia

On Oct 2, 2003

Our PA daughter is the same height and weight percentile - so no, she's not overweight. She also eats an amazing amount of food for a young child - she's a two happy meal kinda kid. I assumed she ate well everywhere until a teacher commented on her bird-like appetite. When asked about it, DD said she was worried the food might accidentally contain peanuts. It breaks my heart that such a little child should have such big worries.

On Oct 3, 2003

Chris is not overweight at all. He is 17 6feet tall and 150 pounds. He went through a chubby stage when he was in about 4th grade because of all the steroids he was on. He is very healthy and a great healthy eater. MY DD is a big girl but seems to be going through that phase now and slimming down. I have always been an average size. MY sister is the smallest thing and she has no allergies. Her kids are very petite and have no allergies.

On Oct 3, 2003

Speaking of sisters--my sister (multiple food allergies uncluding peanut) is the only one in the family who is overweight. my brother (peanut allergy) used to be overweight (pre-allergy days) but I think it's quitting working in bars - and therefore drinking less beer - that led to his weight loss.

Sarahfran, don't be too jealous. If I lose 5 lbs, I end up with pneumonia every fall and spring. And having co-workers go around saying they *know* your bulimic (or anorexic whichever new word they learned) is no fun either. Just be happy with who you are, cuz your a great person. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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