Your Questions About Fattening Foods For Kids

Ruth asks…

What are some fattening foods for anorexics?

My 2 1/2 year old son (he’ll be 3 in July) takes Topamax and Keppra for his Epilepsy. He started taking Topamax last June. Ever since then, he has been a very picky eater. He will only eat one or two bites of food and then throw his plate on the floor. He is very active and likes to jump up and down all the time. I figured he just an active toddler and a typical picky eater.

Well, yesterday my husband was changing my son’s diaper and he also needed to change his shirt. When my son was shirtless, I noticed that I can see EVERY rib and bone in his little chest. I could even see his Xyphoid process!!! He looked like a kid from Ethiopia! It scared me so bad!
I called his pediatrician to tell her about my son and I was worried that he is too skinny. I took him in and he was weighed. He weighs only 24 pounds! He has dropped 2 sizes in clothes. He went from a 2T down to a size 12 months! The doctor looked up Topamax and told me that it can cause anorexia! She said that he is very close to being underweight and anorexic. She wants me to try to give him high calorie foods to try to “fatten” him up. She wants to try that first so she doesn’t have to change his medication. With Topamax, he has been seizure free since June. We are worried that if we switch him, he may start having seizures again. So we are trying other options.
She told me to give him Ovaltine milk shakes with vanilla ice cream. He is allergic to peanuts, so we can’t give him peanut butter. She also told me to use butter with toast and pancakes and to also use whole milk when cooking instead of water.
I would like to know any other fattening foods we can give him.

My list so far:
yobaby yogurt (made with whole milk)
chocolate pudding
chocolate graham crackers
whole wheat bread
bananas
toaster struddels
bacon
eggs
sausage

Do you know of any fattening foods we can give him?
*Well, I knew not to give him fast food because it is also high in salt. That’s why my list of high calorie food is short. I chose Ovaltine because it has vitamins and is a better choice than Nesquick. I also chose Youbaby yogurt which is made with whole milk.
I did not know that about Karen Carpenter. I will try not to let him gain too much weight in a short period of time. Thanks.

admin answers:

First of all, when your doctor said that the medication could cause anorexia, she was referring to an extreme weight loss, not a mental health condition.
To make him gain healthy weight, you should try to feed him foods that are high in healthy fats. Any nuts (i know you said no peanuts, but if he can eat other nuts, that would really help his weight gain) contain healthy fats and would be great for him. Fatty foods in general are higher in calories because fat has 9 calories per gram while carbs and protein only have 4 calories per gram. Other fatty foods you can give him include meats which are high in fats (like salmon, for example), cheese, granola, ice cream, yogurt (obviously not the reduced-fat type) and avocado. Also, if you are okay with giving him some desserts, cheesecake and fudge are both very high in calories and fat.
Here is a list of other healthy, high calorie foods:
-bagels
-pizza
-ice cream (Cold Stone Creamery and Ben&Jerry’s are especially high calorie)
-whole milk
-avocado
-dried or canned fruit
-starchy vegetables such as corn, potatoes and beans
-bean products
-tempeh
-high-calorie cereals like Honey Bunches of Oats Just Bunches
-egg yolks
-macaroni and cheese
-stuffing with high-calorie meats
-parfaits (use a whole milk yogurt, high-calorie cereal and canned fruit)
-nutrition bars (i know these aren’t exactly a product for young kids, but Clif sells bars for kids which are high-calorie)
-oatmeal (make a few packets, add whole milk, dried fruits and brown sugar)
-smoothies and shakes (make them with ice cream, whole milk or whole milk yogurt and some flavoring)
Also, there are many protein or weight gain shakes available. Boost and Ensure are both commonly used to help anorexic patients recover, and they’re available in several flavors and they’re easy to drink.
If you aren’t opposed to giving him foods which aren’t typically considered ‘healthy’, almost any baked good is very high in calories because most baked goods are also very high in fat content. Muffins, pies, donuts, cupcakes, cookies, etc are all very high calorie.
I hope this helped, and good luck with your son.

Nancy asks…

What are some high fattening foods I can give my toddler?

My 2 1/2 year old son (he’ll be 3 in July) takes Topamax and Keppra for his Epilepsy. He started taking Topamax last June. Ever since then, he has been a very picky eater. He will only eat one or two bites of food and then throw his plate on the floor. He is very active and likes to jump up and down all the time. I figured he just an active toddler and a typical picky eater.

Well, yesterday my husband was changing my son’s diaper and he also needed to change his shirt. When my son was shirtless, I noticed that I can see EVERY rib and bone in his little chest. I could even see his Xyphoid process!!! He looked like a kid from Ethiopia! It scared me so bad!
I called his pediatrician to tell her about my son and I was worried that he is too skinny. I took him in and he was weighed. He weighs only 24 pounds! He has dropped 2 sizes in clothes. He went from a 2T down to a size 12 months! The doctor looked up Topamax and told me that it can cause anorexia! She said that he is very close to being underweight and anorexic. She wants me to try to give him high calorie foods to try to “fatten” him up. She wants to try that first so she doesn’t have to change his medication. With Topamax, he has been seizure free since June. We are worried that if we switch him, he may start having seizures again. So we are trying other options.
She told me to give him Ovaltine milk shakes with vanilla ice cream. He is allergic to peanuts, so we can’t give him peanut butter. She also told me to use butter with toast and pancakes and to also use whole milk when cooking instead of water.
I would like to know any other fattening foods we can give him. It needs to be something that doesn’t have a lot of salt in it (like McDonalds or Chef Boyardee).

My list so far:
yobaby yogurt (made with whole milk)
chocolate pudding
chocolate graham crackers
whole wheat bread
bananas
toaster struddels
bacon
eggs
sausage

Do you know of any fattening foods we can give him?
*He’s allergic to nuts……I’m not sure if that includes pistacios.

admin answers:

Your doctor should refer you to a nutritionist regarding this matter. They will be able to help you plan a diet that meets his specific needs-

Sandy asks…

Do you think school lunches should be fattening for Spanish kids?

ive known for years that Spanish people will not alter the school menu. I have known this was more important than my Section 8 substitute teaching job to support my son. And i didn’t have money to buy food. I lost my job.

admin answers:

Sorry, but I don’t quite understand your question. You are a teacher in Spain? Or were? What does all this have to do with menus and fat kids?
School lunches should not be fattening for anyone, but I don’t see how that cost you your job.

Robert asks…

Does it bug you when you see an obese child at McDonalds?

Honestly like, the parents should know better. Whenever I see obese children (especially at mcDonalds) their parents should not bring them there. Especially since most of the menu is fattening. It really ticks me off inside. Kids need more nutricious foods to eat. If they’re obese, they should not be anywhere near a McDonalds. And their parents should be the ones to blame for that. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

admin answers:

In general, I feel a bit sad for obese children. They probably have no idea what is going on in their bodies, and what they are doing to themselves in the long run. It’s the parents who have allowed this to happen and probably aren’t aware either of the long term side effects of poor eating habits. It’s rare that I see an obese child with a skinny parent.

But to answer your question, it does tick me off that the parents don’t seem to care about what the child has to face in his/her growing up years. As if school isn’t scary enough!

Richard asks…

How do you feel about headstart, teaching kids to dance and sing about pizza hut other fast foods? thank you!?

My daughter came home one day from headstart and was singing and dancing about pizza hut, wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burger King… I kinda feel this is a way for them to be doing subliminal messages… I thought schools were supposed to instill health in their bodies and minds, instead they were teaching them to jump around and dance about them.. to me that is a way to make them more excited about fattening places… I am not a health nut, but I don’t feel that someone who is paid by our tax dollars should be teaching our kids to get crazy excited over a business… to me that is free advertisement for the company and makes it look like they had something to do with this “free” advertising…

admin answers:

I learned that song as a little kid in school.

Yes, I have a big problem with it considering how unhealthy it is and how childhood obesity is an issue.

Don’t get me wrong, my little ones have eaten food from every fast food restaurant in that song (just a few times in their lives, though) but I agree with you that it’s not an appropriate song to teach.

In fact, I might call and say something. Tell them that you’d prefer they not sing that song again while your children are there and suggest an alternative.

One of my favorites to sing to my girlies is:

“I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas” 4 times

then switch it to all the different vowel sounds to sound like:

I like to oat, oat, oat, opels and banonos” 4 times…

Do all the vowel sounds thusly and there you go. A healthy song that teaches vowel sounds and gives them the subliminal message that they REALLY like apples and bananas. ;-)

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