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Christie Brinkley and Sailor: Tea Party Hosts!

11/10/2009 at 09:00 AM ET
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Christie Brinkley and her daughter Sailor Lee, 11, were made “honorary angels” at the launch of Tea Party Angels, a new national fundraising program for that asks mothers and daughters to host tea parties to raise money for girls in need around the world.

The event was held Saturday at the Doubles Club in Manhattan.

The model is also mom to Jack Paris, 14, and Alexa Ray, 23.

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ErykaWynter on

I’m sure I’ll get blasted for saying this but… it would be hard enough having a mom that looked like Christie, let alone being an overweight 11 year old. I hope for Sailor’s sake, mainly for her health, they get that under control. Children who are overweight are infinitely more likely to be obese adults. That said, they are a lovely mother and daughter.

g!na on

sailor is tall and looks like mom.

Brandi on

Cute, they look very festive. :)

Lara on

I hope for Sailor’s sake, mainly for her health, that nobody even mentions a diet to her. Children her age are supposed to have some extra weight; she’s probably about to go through a growth spurt. Nosy old biddies pushing diets on young girls is what leads to college-age girls dying of anorexia.

ErykaWynter, saying that you know you’ll “be blasted” for foolish, destructive comments doesn’t immunize you from criticism.

michelle on

Eryka, I was thinking the same thing. Being 11 years old is tough – add to that being slightly overweight AND the daughter of a supermodel. I can’t imagine.

Please know, I am not picking on Sailor. She is a beautiful little girl. But as someone who is an overweight adult, I sincerely wish my parents had taught us proper eating habits when we were younger.

Sailor’s happiness is most important and I would rather see her a little plump than anorexic with a poor body image like other youngsters growing up in the same environment.

janie on

Sailor looks just like her dad.

Courtney on

As a parent of a mildly overweight daughter…the last thing the parents need is people pointing it out…I am sure that christie is not blind and neither is sailor. I am sure they they are doing everything they need to do. Children grow at different rates and times and I have known plenty of girls her age who sprout up and are jsut fine..

Blessings to them! They are both beautiful!

Courtney on

well said lara!

Blane on

Internally and externally beautiful, Christie and Sailor are to be commended for their commitment to helping empower young women in need all over the world. Christie sets a wonderful example for her kids and for all of us by always giving back and I applaud her ongoing efforts over the years to contribute to so many worthy causes.

ErykaWynter on

Lara says, “Children her age are supposed to have some extra weight.” Lara – in what world? I am a pediatric nurse practitioner and that is absolute nonsense.

meghan on

Considering the stress the family has been under, can you blame the girl? I don’t think she needs people harping about it on a message board.

belle on

Pointing out a child’s weight on a public board where she just may see it, is one of the rudest, cruel, things I have seen in a long time. If someone were to mention Melissa Jarret Winkour(sp?) being overweight, many people would come down on their heads and hard at that.

Pamela on

Kids grow at different times and gain weight at different times. I remember my pediatrician yelling at me when I was 10, 11 years old, saying if I kept up my habits I’d be 190 lbs. And my habits were having dessert and participating in 2 athletic teams. After I had my growth spurt, I was fine. Now, I’m 23, 5’9 and a size 6 jeans. I never changed my habits. I think Sailor will be fine. Different people have different body types and she’s only 11. The last thing she needs are people commenting on her weight.

suzanne on

I am with Eryka on this one. She is a beautiful child and has been through a tramatic time with her parents divorce, bless her heart. But this isn’t healthy. Clearly it isn’t in her genetics to be overweight.

I am not suggesting diet by any means, I am suggesting better eating habits and an active lifestyle. It won’t get better, it will only get worse if she doesn’t learn these habits now.

Lorelei on

I think this is a beautiful mother/daughter picture. How happy they both look. As a mom of an 11 year old daughter it’s tough enough growing up let alone in the spotlight and with the criticism. Let beautiful Sailor grow up to be the strong woman she will be!

JMO on

Kids thin as they grow as well as when they hit puberty. Sailor looks fine to me. She may not be toothpick thin but I’m sure she’s not overweight! I love her name too!

HeatherR on

belle- I agree with you completely!!!

aroundtheywaygirl on

Sailor looks fine to me. I see plenty of heavier pre-teens, who grew into slim high-school and college students. If she were skin and bones everybody would bashing her and calling her mom unfit.

Women and girls can’t win for losing (no pun intended) when it comes to their weight and appearance. And, women are usually the most vicious attackers.

Now we bash an 11 year old on her weight and assume she doesn’t eat properly or is active based on no evidence. I see a full face but to me she does not look overweight.

Terri on

What with Christie Brinkley’s long modeling career she’s probably very weight and healthy conscious. She can handle her kid’s health just fine I should think.

Hurley on

This young lady looks happy and healthy. She does not look obese, and I think her mother is well aware of how to care for her. Sheesh.

Sandra on

She looks just like her mom, she’ll grow out of the chubbiness. Wait and see! She’s only 11 and she probably just started puberty, leave her alone!

Di on

It is obvious from the picture that Sailor is a little chubby. She does not just have a “full face” her whole body could be characterized as “full”. I know a lot of people think it is just baby fat and she’ll grow out of it but Sailor at least for the last for years has always looked chubby, not mordibly obese or severely overweight but just a little chubby. I’m sure with proper diet and exercise she’ll eventually slim down.

Nina on

Chrisitie Brinkley obviously has recessive physical genes- all of her kids look like their fathers!

JM on

i don’t tihnk there is anything wrong with pointing out the obvious. some people are so overly-sensitive about the truth. and the truth is we have to watch our children’s weight because childhood obesity is becoming an ever bigger problem. no one is saying she isn’t pretty, or not a wonderful person, but it is absolutely true that she is overweight and that is not just “puppy fat”. and i, as someone else pointed out, i have thought this about some other celebrities and their kids that are pictured here but there are just certain celebrities that in the eyes of the majority here can do no wrong and therefore dare not be criticised. this is a beautiful little girl but considering the tiny tiny things that people get upset about here, to say that pointing to a genuine health concern isn’t relevant, is silly.

Elizabeth on

Sailor is a beautiful girl. She certainly has her mom’s sunny California-girl looks!

Liliana on

She’s beautiful. Sad that others have to say otherwise.

Going through puberty is rough enough without people mentioning that you’ve gotten chubby or are overweight. There’s no need to mention medical concerns as I’m sure her mother, someone who’s actually familiar with the girl and her medical history, would be well aware of any problems.

Too bad people couldn’t simply commend her for helping others.

Joley on

Well said JM!

computerag on

Well said JM. I agree with you.

Erika on

I agree with JMO. She was always an average sized child, (I assume) and is just a little bigger now. I know I was always stick thin and I evened out around puberty, before I started my period. After that I got taller, and looked thin again. I was never heavy, if anything a little underweight, but I definately gained a lot of weight. She will probably have a growth spurt and get taller, and even out. I just hope she doesn’t read any of these comments. She’s a really pretty girl.

Catca on

I guess I grew up in a different era as I am now in my early 40s, but there was only 1 child in the entire class who was overweight (and he had obese parents and bad eating habits). We were ALL toothpicks. Now people think it is just something a child grows out of. Really??? With the skyrocketing obesity rates among children? Having said that, Sailor is a beautiful girl, does not look obese (while she does look overweight in this pic) and it may be due to just going through a tough time the last 2 years with her parents divorce. She still looks very healthy (beautiful hair and skin tone), and looks very happy. I don’t think it looks like it needs to be a huge concern.

Beverley on

I think that her shirt is what makes her look overweight. The large pattern and the funny ruffle down the front make her torso look bigger. Her face is not fat at all. And I think she may be starting to develop her breasts as well. Remember that time, ladies, it’s a tough one. The only thing big about this pretty young girl is that wonderful smile.

If you want to talk about overweight girls, talk about the daughter of Eva Longoria’s character on Desperate Housewives. Whenever I see her, I worry that she won’t make it to adulthood.

sgtmian on

oh come ON, people. even if she was overweight, which she’s not, why is it any of our business? why even mention it online where the poor girl can read it? what good does that do? there’s this thing called a filter, i wish some of you would learn what that means. if this had been a boy, no one would have said anything about weight, because women suck and have to pick on other women, even if that woman is still a child.

i looked like that around that age, and i know plenty of other people who did as well, we all thinned out as we grew. it’s puberty, and it’s a bitch, so leave the girl alone.

i don’t know who her dad is, but i think she looks a lot like christie. they have the same face and smile.

Chris on

Many kids gain weight pre-puberty. A growth spurt usually follows and the fat redistributes. Sometimes the growth spurt happens first. I can’t believe some people don’t know this. Wow.

What I really wanted to post is that Sailor is very pretty and has a beautiful smile.

eva on

OR one could hope that Sailor is comfrotable in her own skin and has the maturity to go around life giving crap about what other people think of her body.I don’t buy this “it’s not healthy that she’s fat” thing.You don’t know how healthy or unhealthy she is.Just because she’s fat then she must have bad physical condition.Deep down I think people who bring up weight for the sake of health simply want to say “has she looked in the mirror?How fat is she?She should really loose some weight”.If people truly cared about a person’s mental and physical health they would keep things discreet and let those involved handle it.It’s not like Sailor or her family won’t be able to recognize a health problem if they see it.

daniela on

Very well said JM! I totally agree with you!

Jess on

Am I the only one who was stick thin as a child and then got plump once puberty hit? How I wish to have been like everyone else and slimmed out once I had a growth spurt. Not saying this is her fate, but goodness, everyone grows differently. We don’t know how she will grow, but she’s beautiful and I hate that she’s had to endure her parents going through such a nasty, public divorce.

Sanja on

suzanne -i’m really baffled by this sentence in your comment:
‘Clearly it isn’t in her genetics to be overweight.’

How in the world do you know this? Because her mother was a model (most of whom are annorecsic and have far from healthy eating habits)?
My own mother is stick thin, but I inherited my paternal grandmother’s genes and have a totally different body type.

As for Sailor, she’s probably just starting puberty and got her first surge of hormones and fat cells. I was the same way at 11, till my height caught up with my wight at about 15 and it’s evened out. Now with healthy eating habits and regular physical activity my weight is just right for my height.

pixie on

Sometimes I think they shouls close the comments on this board there are a certain few who onl point out negative.

Erin on

Maybe we could post and then dissect photos of a teenaged celebrity kid and comment on their acne. Or maybe we could try to get the mental health records of celeb kids who are depressed, ADHD or have some other unfortunate diagnosis. Does any celeb kid have a stutter or limp or scar we can harp on? I seriously cannot believe that adults on this site would comment on the weight of an eleven year old, whether she’s slightly chubby or not.

Rachel from Boston on

11 was my chubbiest year – I had a belly going on and that was just before a growth spurt. I’m 5’4″ and in my adult life have never been bigger than a size 2. I don’t under-eat or over-exercise. I just try to make good choices and try to get some physical activity in my week. I think Sailor will be fine.
She’s a doll – gorgeous smile like mom! I love her shirt, too.

L on

My sister has been pushed into dieting her whole entire life from age 9 and on because of her mothers own insecurities when it wasn’t even necessary and now she lives a life obsessive with weight and self-image at age 22….the poor child is far from obese she is just a little chunky..everyone goes through their chunky stage in life…shes cute and looks exactly like that father of hers

Kaylee on

I am 4’11 1/2 and 104lbs, my 9 1/2 dd is 5’1 and 95lbs, is she overweight, nope, Her mama is just small!

CTBmom on

Sailor is beautiful….I think she favors her father, but I do see Christie in her as well. As far as her weight goes, why do people feel compelled to comment that they think she is heavy? What business is it of ours? Leave the girl alone! Both my sisters and my brother went through a chubby phase a couple of years before puberty….two thinned out once puberty kicked in, one has stayed a little heavy. They all are healthy adults with normal eating habits. Peoples negative reaction towards people who are even a little heavy is one of the things wrong with society, and why we have so many young girls with eating disorders.

Jenn on

Eleven is a hard age for some girls. I know it was for me. It’s way too soon to tell how her weight will be as an adult. It’s not uncommon for weight to fluctuate all through childhood. She’s a beautiful girl.

Larissa on

It really amuses me how many people are saying that Christie’s genes haven’t been passed on to Sailor. I saw Christie’s E! True Hollywood Story…she was not a thin child or teenager! She was a bit plump. Sailor will get thinner as she gets older. (PS This is how it is in my family as well; the women get thinner the older they get.)

Basil on

I work around girls Sailor’s age and she’s not normal sized. She’s heavy. I was heavy too at that age, not obese, just chunky. Kids don’t usually grow out of it. Maybe she has an eating disorder to deal with the stress in her life? I did. I ate to calm my nerves as a kid and I still do as an adult. As an overweight child, teen and adult, I obviously don’t have anything against Sailor, but to pretend she’ll just grow out of it is naive. And for those people who think she’s better off being heavy as compared to being anorexic with body issues, what makes you think Sailor doesn’t have body issues now? Don’t you think she looks at the other girls in her class (who on average are 20 to 30 lbs less)? Don’t you think she has trouble fitting into the cute clothes like her friends? Maybe you skinny girls think you’re being nice by hissing at the posters who mention the obvious, but you’re out of your realm here.

Grandma2Three on

I’ve seen other photos from this event and this picture makes Sailor look a little bigger than she is. That being said, why are we discussing the weight of an 11 year old? It’s got to be so hard to be the daughter of a beautiful celebrity much less a supermodel. The poor thing is always going to be compared to her Mom. Women are always complaining about too thin models and the pressure they put on little girls to be thin. Maybe we need to look at our own attitudes. This is a beautiful little girl attending a charity event with her Mom and the main thing we’re talking about is the child’s weight. That’s really sad!

Lauren on

“If people truly cared about a person’s mental and physical health they would keep things discreet and let those involved handle it.It’s not like Sailor or her family won’t be able to recognize a health problem if they see it.”

I find this viewpoint almost offensively naive. As someone with an obese cousin whose 5-year-old’s blatantly obvious weight problem is a direct result of the diet her parents feed her (Starbucks frappacinos, Diet Coke, ice cream bars), you cannot tell me with a straight face that parents do the best job of always “recognizing a health problem if they see it.” A lot of times they DON’T see it. That’s the problem. Basil hit the nail on the head; you can droan on and on about how nasty people are for stating the obvious; meanwhile, Sailor’s the one who needs to actually deal with her weight-which is larger than average for someone her age-and the reprucussions that come with it.

Is there a good chance she’ll thin out as she gets older, is going through that awkward pubescent stage we all endure, and will make everyone eat their words in a few years? Absolutely. But RIGHT NOW, she is clearly overweight-something that, much as we like to sweep it under the rug, comes with severe consequences physically and mentally. Attitudes like many of the ones here are exactly why this generation is predicted to be the first to die before their parents due to health problems related to weight. Sweeping it under the rug to keep sucking popsicles and staring at rainbows is not only ignorant-it’s dangerous.

T on

CBB, Why are you posting comments about this 11 yr old being overweight or not? In this case I do not think you should post these opinions. She is a young girl who is probably very sensitive to this issue. These comments, if read by her, could really cause her emotional pain or push her into an eating disorder. It is really poor taste on your website’s part.

Sarah K. on

Commenting on about a child’s weight and then comparing her with her mothers on a public blog is rude and tacky. We have no idea what goes in Christie’s home.

alexis on

i personally think you shouldn’t be commenting on sailor and her weight, but how beautiful sailor and her mom look in that picture. basically, your bashing her and how would you like it if she actually read this site and your comments? you probably would be so happy then. if she had a weight issue, her doctor would address it. she might get picked on it school by people her age so she doesn’t grown adults picking on her too.

Cate on

After reading some of the comments all I can say is I’m glad I’m not the child of a supermodel. Sailor is beautiful and it isn’t ANYONE’S business what her weight is. The ignorance and pettiness of some people is mind boggling. She is a child and deserves better. If you haven’t something nice to say then SAY NOTHING!

daniella on

I can relate to Sailor due to the fact that when I was eleven, I had a good deal of that so-called “pre-puberty” fat. However, once my growth spurt hit, it all redistributed and I followed in my family’s “tall” genes. I’m currently a college student who’s 5’11” and 152 pounds. I’m perfectly healthy and athletic for my age and I’m sure that Sailor’s mother will address any problems if they continue into her late teenage years. So don’t harp at the girl! I’ll laugh at everyone who’s being so judgmental in a few years if Sailor ends up like me, being very tall with a lean, strong build.

eva on

While it is true that some parents of overweight children carry on that path until the child’s health is compromised I stand by my comment.Addressing this child’s or any child’s health is an excuse to call them fat.Should we go about life telling children and their parents how fat they are? Is that how you ladies plan to help? If you have an issue with nourishment and what children consume address it by participating on healthy eating programs,attack McDonald’s or coca-cola or something.Dont’ take your opinions on a child.It’s easy to point out the obvious and thereby hurting a person’s feelings,instulting them and imposing your own idea of a healthy body on someone else than to actually take productive action.

I volunteer at different inner-city schools trying to encourage physical activity and making adolescents aware of what the junk food they consume does to their bodies.I do this for the thin children and the fat children and I don’t assume that one or the other needs to hear my opinion on their weight.

ang on

i looked like sailor when i was 11.im almost 28 and still above what i should weigh(though had a trainer recently and learned FINALLY how to look after myself).hope she has better luck than me because it will destroy your confidence,social skills and career opportunities if it gets out of control.nip it in the bud now, christie!

Catey on

My niece is the same age as Sailor and every few months she gets a little chubby and then before we know it she has shot up a few inches and has thinned out again. The family eats extremely well and Anna plays basketball and volleyball and also walks her dog for an hour each night with her mother.

One day at school it was another little girls birthday and she brought in cupcakes for the class to celebrate. When she arrived at Anna, she told her she probably shouldn’t eat one because her mum had told her that Anna was fat and needed to stop eating so much cake. The whole class laughed and Anna went home in tears.

I’m disgusted that people are using the ‘childhood obesity epidemic’ as an excise to be critical of a child’s weight. Yet another opportunity for people to criticise others to feel good about themselves.

Taylor on

I love coming to CBB for the pictures. Once in a while I read the posts, but I never feel the need to comment, until today. I am so disgusted by what is being said about such a beautiful girl. Maybe the majority of you should take a cue from sweet Sailor. Go out and actually do something good for the world! Charity work and helping others in need will help her to develop a healthy self-image, a positive self-esteem, and a sense of worth in a way that no size 0 jeans or “skinny” genes could.

Erika on

I agree Catey! Kids get teased enough about weight issues by other kids, they don’t need adults picking on them too. And that’s terrible about what kids did to your niece!

I was always thin, and my sister was a little overweight at times, and average others and it’s funny because on one side of the family, they would tell my mom she was raising me to be anorexic, and she should fry all of my food in butter to even me out (apparently the fact that you can be thin, yet still have blood pressure/cholesterol/sugar issues didn’t cross their minds??), and on the other, they accused her of overfeeding my sister, and told her she should moniter every morsel of food that entered her mouth. When a child is 200 pounds at age 10, it’s a problem, but being a little chubby, while unhealthy, can be fixed and I don’t think it’s worth it to ruin their self-confidence at age 11.

AmyJay on

I think many of you are forgetting that being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy. I agree with Taylor’s comments. Some of you ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

Momofagirl on

Sailor is beautiful, happy and a strong little girl, who has two parents doing their best to guide her! Sailor and her mom are doing something together to help others. Sailor is being allowed to be herself, and I know she is being given healthy food at home and school. It is beautiful to watch kids along with a parent do things. Christie being the mother, knows what approach to take about anything involving her daughter and when to do it, so just keep watching, and stop the talk about her weight.

fuzibuni on

It’s obvious that Americans have lots of issues around food, weight and body image. This photo of Christie and her daughter seem to be fodder for our own projections and judgments.

There can be a myriad of reasons why this little girl is not stick thin. We don’t know and I don’t want to speculate.

One thing I will say, after reading all the comments, is that many of us seem to think that being thin comes down to controlling diet and exercise. But as long as we perceive it to be a matter of “control” we have missed the mark. Instead of focusing on appearances we should be more concerned with what is going on inside the hearts and minds of our children.

The first thing that often happens when parents and society perceive a child’s weight to be a problem is that they start restricting their child’s food intake and telling them what needs to be done so they can be thinner. This often makes the child feel self conscious. They blame themselves for being “fat” and having bad habits.

Often what is overlooked is that a child needs love, understanding, encouragement and good examples. Many people use food to soothe themselves… so the more a child is criticized for their weight, the more they will want to eat. It’s a catch 22.

So of course, don’t serve junk food at every meal, but try to ease off the focus on weight and food. Find ways to build your child’s self esteem and confidence. Listen to them. Pay attention to their emotions. Take them on a hike so you can talk and get exercise at the same time without it seeming like a chore.

Having this type of support will go a long way to help a child grow into a healthy adult who has a good relationship with their body and food.

bungalow_bliss on

Some of these comments break my heart, and I hopehopehope that Sailor does not see them. She is a beautiful girl doing good for others with her mother and is clearly happy. I was built very much the same at the same age and have grown into a healthy weight. Not everyone blooms from baby to model like Kaia Gerber, but this girl is beautiful in her own right. Thanks to others who see how ridiculous–and sad–it is to criticize an 11-year-old’s weight.

mary on

Argh! Are some of you people that self centered and egotistical that you have to pick on an 11 year olds weight, something that you “project” as being overweight by your standards? It’s one thing to not agree with how an adult raises their child(ren) its another to “put” blame or shame on a ‘child’s weight. I think we are overlooking the good in this photo. 1 she is a very pretty girl, 2 her mom looks very proud and she should 3 she was made ‘Honorary angels” for a fundraising program that raise money for girls in need around the world. This is something we should be celebrating. Christy is teaching her the importance of giving and supporting. How hard is it to say “Thanks” or Koodo’s to you Christy and Sailor.
You don’t live with them. You guys know nothing about ‘what she eats’, or maybe just maybe she has a metabolic disease. But we shouldn’t care. This is a young lady who had a great big smile on her face and was doing something good. They both looked very proud and if you can live with yourselves for saying crappie and hurtful things that hopefully one day she won’t read than GOD Bless you. Its one thing to say something negative about an adult and it should be off limits when it’s about appearance to a young and impressionable child. Look what happened to Olivia Newton Johns daughter.
Drugs, alcohol, and eating disorders are demons that some can overcome but they will forever have to fight! These demons are just around the corner waiting……..

g!na on

catey- oh,i can believe how insensitive your niece’s class was. My niece is 12 yrs old and is a figure skater. She is going through puberty and was getting a little pudgy but not fat at all. So she overheard the skating director tell a parent that all the girls are getting chubby. My niece all of the sudden stop eating and never told anyone why. So in a couple weeks she lost 16 lbs and was looking too skinny! The coach congrats her and we were mad because she told us the story why she was dieting. She does not skate there anymore. Adults can be worse than kids about teen dieting & weight issues.

CelebBabyLover on

After reading all these comments, all I have to say is, poor Sailor!

Louise on

I don’t think a public board is the place to comment on a minor’s weight- this child has been through her parent’s very public and nasty divorce which can’t have been easy.
I do think that obesity is a problem today and it is important to try and maintain a healthy weight, but I don’t see that saying Sailor need to lose weight is beneficial.

Blane on

I just came across this blog again and I am slightly astonished by some of the blogging as well as the alleged moderation here. This wonderful cause and Christie’s and Sailor’s thoughtful contributions have been partially hijacked by a debate on weight and by a rather insensitive number of bloggers who must know that Sailor herself could be reading these comments. I hope Sailor understands that when people go out of their way to detract from rather than to praise true altruism that this says much more about the detractors. Thank you Sailor for being such a terrific and beautiful ambassador for the tea party angels!!!!

Angela on

Thanks to Sailor I too am planning a Tea Party and hope to follow in her footsteps as an example of how kids can help kids! Christie has clearly done a wonderful job in raising her daughter to “give back” and to reach out to those less fortunate. What a beautiful mother and daughter team, inside and out. They are examples of how positive action is the only way to make a real difference in the world. I feel sorry for people who have to criticize others, because they are just unhappy themselves. Maybe if they tried to do something good and selfless for someone else, even a simple act of kindness, they would not be so angry and would find peace in their own lives. So I really just wanted to say thanks again Sailor for introducing me to the Tea Party Angels, giving me a special way to make a difference, and to have fun doing it!

kyotoyoshi on

These comments are so inappropriate.

Karen on

When I noticed there were almost 70 comments to this photo I knew immediately why that would be. I always thought this website was visited by adults but with comments I’ve read on here, I’m starting to wonder. I also thought comments were monitored? I’ve seen some cruel remarks pass through here. I can only hope Sailor doesn’t read anything said about her on the internet. It’s enough to deal with peer pressure in real life at that age let alone read what strangers have to say.

Sarah on

She’ll grow out of it. I’ve seen so many children who are heavy and they have a growth spurt and thin out tremendously. It builds character to start out on the heavy side. This way she can find her inner beauty, (which I’m sure she has a lot of!) and sense of worth and humor. Either way, I still think she is a very beautiful child!

Lola on

Come on, people, this is childhood obesity. She’s wider than her mother — who, I realize, is slim, but regardless, there is no way her frame should be larger than an adult’s. This is not healthy.

Childhood obesity is so troubling precisely because it’s almost impossible to lose that excess weight later in life. Before age 18 (approximately), gaining weight = gaining new fat cells. After age 18, gaining weight = growing of existing fat cells. So if you gain weight in your 20s, you can lose it; your fat cells can shrink down to a healthy level. But if, at age 18, you have too many fat cells, it will be nearly impossible to ever reach a healthy weight later in life; fat cells can shrink but will never disappear. (The adage that you can “turn muscle to fat” is thus untrue; you can shrink fat cells & grow muscle cells, leading to a healthier bodily composition, but you cannot literally turn one type of cell into another.) A growth spurt could have a slimming effect only if the calories expended far exceed the calories ingested in that period. Generally, however, bad eating habits are the cause, negating the argument that puberty will naturally extinguish the problem.

We all know the health consequences of obesity in adulthood and can agree that childhood obesity is a public health concern. I agree that such targeted discussion of an individual is rather cruel, but purely as a medical example, this is NOT at all borderline. It’s obesity, and I hope the family is already addressing it. Incidentally, I am a pediatric endocrinologist, thus I’m confident speaking in such absolute terms.

Catey on

Of course she is wider than her mother! If my mother was a size 2, I would be wider than her, and I have an incredibly healthy weight.

To Lola and every other critical person on this board, that little girl’s weight is NONE of your business, it is the concern of her parents. I am SICK of other people thinking their are better positioned to make decisions about a child’s weight from one picture. I don’t care what your profession is, Lola, it is not an excuse to be harsh.

Let us celebrate the great work Sailor and her mum are doing here. They are obviously having a great time together and have a great relationship.

CelebBabyLover on

Catey- I agree. And Lola, I’d hardly say she’s obese. A little overweight, yes, but not obese. Like another poster said, the shirt probably makes her look a little bigger than she actually is, too!

brannon on

Wow.first Alexa and now sailor – two beautiful girls held to incredibly high standards. Believing that body type is strictly a result of diet and exercise is very dangerous.

CountrySally in NYS on

She looks just like her beautiful just like her Mom!…and Mom is teaching her great things to be doing this!! Kudos to Sailor & Christie!!

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