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April 26, 2009 7:05 AM
Can you do a my fitness pal for kids? What a great tool it would be to assist parents in promoting good eating habits and health. My 11 year old who has developed a weight issue due to puberty and specific psych meds loves sitting with me while I do my daily agenda and wants so much to be able to do the same.
April 26, 2009 7:14 AM
I wouldnt see the harm in it. My son is also on meds for bi-polar, ADHD and other mental health issues. He hasnt gained any weight he has lost weight and that is a good thing. He was over weight for most of his young life of 11 years so far.
April 26, 2009 7:15 AM
I don't see why you couldn't set up an MFP account for your daughter. I would suggest researching what her age specific nutritional needs would be and customizing the settings though. Talk to her pediatrition also to get some input from the of what a safe deficit would be for an 11 year old.
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April 26, 2009 9:36 AM
I don't have kids, but I think this is such an awesome idea! I was all knees and elbows until I hit puberty... then I immediately plumped up and due to no one really explaining healthy eating to me, I didn't care and ate what ever. I've had a weight problem ever since.
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April 26, 2009 9:50 AM
My son is interested in tracking his calories and exercise as well and we use it as "health class" for our homeschool. I called his pediatrician to get some guidelines on calories... they treated me like I was planning to put him on a strict diet... you'd have thought I was abusing him! My son weighs 117 lbs. The recommended calorie range for him according to the doctor is 2900-3400 calories a day... more when he's practicing football every night.

We use it not to "watch" his calories - but to make him aware of the calories and nutrition content. He's also fascinated at how exercise affects his calorie allowances.
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April 26, 2009 12:32 PM
Thank you all so much for your feedback. I appreciate it.
June 21, 2011 8:58 PM
We would like to share our experience with our kids, so they can learn good and healthy eating habits using your program. For me and my husband was a great learning experience and we learned a new way for having a healthy nutrition. We suggest you create one so the kids learn how to eat right for having an adequate growing development.
August 15, 2011 1:30 AM
please may you make my fitness pal for kids
August 15, 2011 1:36 AM
I have been wishing for this also. One of my children has struggled with weight just like I did growing up and I am always trying to teach him good habits and make him realize exactly what different kinds of food can do to you or for you. I get very frustrated and worried about his healthy and his life to come. He is only eight and is very intelligent and good on the computer. I think that something like this might be the answer to get him more involved and interested in his own eating habits.
January 29, 2013 11:11 AM
My fitness pal for kids!! To make sure I'm getting their daily needs met. Maybe you could allow people 18 or older to enter info in for their kids or add profiles under ours. This is such an awesome tool, but we need it for our kids too!
June 18, 2013 4:18 PM
I definitely want to see this App adjusted for children of ALL ages.

So many children have medical issues requiring special diets and this could be such a powerful tool for those families to ensure they are getting adequate nutrition for their age (calories, vitamins, minerals, protein, etc.).

My daughter has Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and has an immune system that attacks her throat if she eats something she is allergic to. Targeting the problem foods can take many years of food trials (and errors)...it's essential for these kids and families to ensure adequate nutritional needs daily and the feedback from your MyFitnessPal App could help them, their Doctors and their dieticians.

This would help young diabetics, children with cancer, adolescents who now are facing obesity, etc.

I would recommend starting the age at say 2 or 3 when most children begin eating whole foods; and bridge the "year born" gap like we're experiencing.

We love your App and use it as best we can anyway!

P.S. - Just a thought, perhaps some of these organizations (Cancer Society, Apfed, etc.) would be willing to contribute funds towards further development since it could benefit their thousands of young patients.
June 18, 2013 4:38 PM
My two cents...this is a GREAT idea!!!!!
June 18, 2013 6:47 PM
I think it's a great idea, but just to add, I know when I was doing Weight watchers, children under a certain age couldn't do the plan without a doctors note. Maybe it would be a liability factor if MFP had something specific for kids since this is a free site?
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June 18, 2013 6:54 PM
I may be the only person who thinks this is a bad idea.
My daughter is 6 and I shudder when she talks about calories.

Maybe WITH a doctors note if they were truly "obese", but honestly you can keep nutrition and healthy eating in a kids mind without getting them obsessed with calories.

I think that is REALLY dangerous and a truly awful idea.
There is a reason it's for 18 and up.
June 18, 2013 6:54 PM
Only if she wants to and has an interest in logging. I'm sure it could be very positive by empowering her choices. Make sure you have access to her account and password, so you can monitor her friends and messages. I'd discourage face or body pictures at least on the profile, and make sure the settings are to private or friends only.

Not sure if MFP has a creeper block or not.
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June 18, 2013 6:54 PM
QUOTE:

I may be the only person who thinks this is a bad idea.
My daughter is 6 and I shudder when she talks about calories.

Maybe WITH a doctors note if they were truly "obese", but honestly you can keep nutrition and healthy eating in a kids mind without getting them obsessed with calories.

I think that is REALLY dangerous and a truly awful idea.
There is a reason it's for 18 and up.


ALL of this.
June 18, 2013 6:55 PM
There is a sparkteens.com. I believe you're supposed to be 13 or over to use it. I think in general there are rules/issues with kids under a certain age having online accounts. Plus I think if a child is under 13 there are probably so many issues going on, they aren't done growing, etc. etc. that I would hesitate to have them focus too closely on diet and calorie counting while at that young of an age.
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June 18, 2013 6:55 PM
My kids are 3 and 6 (Granted my son who is 6 said something the other day about doing something to burn calories and he could then eat more food which cracked me up, told him he listens and pays attention to mommy to much. LOL) But I know quite a few teenagers under the age of 18 who either would have to lie to use this site or a parent has to sign them up under their email! And they really could use the help and support of a place like this! Definitely make this for kids! I think 13 and over is a great age! Maybe anything younger, you may get into ED's but as long as the parent taught the kids the proper way to eat and so forth it would be okay for all ages. I just think when you turn 13 that's a good age if needed to pay attention to what your eating. So yes! I love this idea!!!
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June 18, 2013 6:56 PM
QUOTE:

I think it's a great idea, but just to add, I know when I was doing Weight watchers, children under a certain age couldn't do the plan without a doctors note. Maybe it would be a liability factor if MFP had something specific for kids since this is a free site?


Ding,ding,ding, give the man a cigar! (metaphorically speaking, this is a fitness site) I'm sure it's all about the lawyers, America is called the "Sue SA" for a reason. I agree with others, lie about their age, and adjust. MFP numbers tend to be out anyways.

Having said that, no one complain at anyone's racy comments, as it's supposed to be adults no one should have to censor themselves for age appropriateness.
Edited by T_X_L On June 18, 2013 6:58 PM
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June 18, 2013 6:56 PM
I had a weight problem at that age.. (see where I am now) I would get her a notebook. When I started dance we did a nutrition course and we kept food journals. You have to be careful with a girl that age especially with weight.

Also.. look at sparkteen.com. I would also consider you do the logging so you know about her calorie intake.
(I don't have kids of my own, do what you feel you need to as a Mom)
June 18, 2013 7:02 PM
QUOTE:

I may be the only person who thinks this is a bad idea.
My daughter is 6 and I shudder when she talks about calories.

Maybe WITH a doctors note if they were truly "obese", but honestly you can keep nutrition and healthy eating in a kids mind without getting them obsessed with calories.

I think that is REALLY dangerous and a truly awful idea.
There is a reason it's for 18 and up.



I agree, I notice that my son talks non stop about weight lifting, it's because I do. Just changing my habits will make him healthier, he doe not need a pre-k MFP
June 18, 2013 7:05 PM
That is what the world needs, 13 year olds counting calories.

Seriously it would get way out of hand and turn into a Proana site.
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June 18, 2013 7:09 PM
I have heard of a site called Spark Teen, which is basically like MFP with the calorie counter and message boards and stuff. I have never actually had a look at this site though, so I don't know how good it is, so you would have to look into it yourself to see if it is suitable for your child. There is a few others also aimed at children, but I can't remember the website names of them, but I'm sure if you have a search around google you will be able to find some more that are well suited.
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June 18, 2013 7:13 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I may be the only person who thinks this is a bad idea.
My daughter is 6 and I shudder when she talks about calories.

Maybe WITH a doctors note if they were truly "obese", but honestly you can keep nutrition and healthy eating in a kids mind without getting them obsessed with calories.

I think that is REALLY dangerous and a truly awful idea.
There is a reason it's for 18 and up.



I agree, I notice that my son talks non stop about weight lifting, it's because I do. Just changing my habits will make him healthier, he doe not need a pre-k MFP


^ This. We focus on a general discussions of health and fitness with our girls, and while we do discuss fats, proteins and carbs with our 7 year old, but we avoid a discussion of calories. At her age, an understanding of "sometimes" vs. "all the time" foods and a healthy amount of exercise are all that is necessary. Besides, she can do rope pull ups and push ups like a champ. That's plenty.
Edited by BeachIron On June 18, 2013 7:13 PM
June 18, 2013 7:16 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I may be the only person who thinks this is a bad idea.
My daughter is 6 and I shudder when she talks about calories.

Maybe WITH a doctors note if they were truly "obese", but honestly you can keep nutrition and healthy eating in a kids mind without getting them obsessed with calories.

I think that is REALLY dangerous and a truly awful idea.
There is a reason it's for 18 and up.


ALL of this.


I disagree with the idea too and the fact that parents lie about their kids age is troublesome. Don't complaint later on if they get fake IDs to get into a club (drinking) that show that they are 21 when in reality they are still teens.

This site has many off beat comments and sections that are not for kids or young teens. It would be very difficult for the parents to monitor they activity in MFP.

Parent's example on how to eat healthy and exercise should be enough for the kids. Move more, eat less. My 2 cents
Edited by Ely82010 On June 18, 2013 7:17 PM

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