Most of these girls are short and petite. One of the girls could pass as an 8th grader. Her face is much more mature and she is at least 4-5 inches taller than her classmates. Her body type is completely normal and average. I would never say she is overweight. I bet even her doctor would say she is completely normal for her age and height.
Anyways, so I walk in with cupcakes and she says "uh oh, I can't have one. I'm on a diet." I have a hard time biting my tongue and I let slip "diet? Why are you on a diet?" She never gave me an answer. She didn't say because she thought she was fat or anything like that. She just said she wanted to go on a diet (Atkins to be exact) and that her mom supported her. Again, I really had to hold back giving my opinion because I didn't want her going home telling her mom how some random lady doesn't think she needs to diet.
But, like I said, I'm not good at holding back. I said "I'll just say that I don't think 6th graders should be going on a diet, certainly not Atkins." And I left it at that. For lunch, she was eating what looked like some sort of wrap (in a whole wheat tortilla, probably high protein?), an atkins bar and a Coke Zero.
I see kids eating all sorts of crap for lunch. A large bag of Cheetos. A coke and some oreos. Or nothing at all. Another student lost her dollar for lunch so I gave her a buck and she came back with a soft pretzel.
Now, I don't have kids (you didn't know that, huh? haha) so I don't want to be judging anyone and I don't know what this mother said to her perfectly normal daughter when she said she wanted to go on a diet. Maybe she took her to a doctor and the doctor approved it. Maybe not. My thoughts behind this girls decision? She is taller than everyone else in her class and therefore her body is shaped differently. These girls that are 5 feet and 90 pounds will hit a growth spurt eventually but the girl I'm talking about already has. And because of that, she feels bigger and perhaps fatter than her peers.
What say you? Would you allow your 11 year old daughter to go on the Atkin's Diet? Would you support her decision to diet when she clearly is just comparing her body against the body of girls who haven't gone through puberty yet? I'd love to know what you think!