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From Joyce, Child's Age 11 - 02/14/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
My son was always skinny. I sent him to sleepaway camp this past summer and he came back 25 pounds heavier which is alot because he is only 5 feet tall. His clothes were all tight, most of pants didn't even button. I had to buy him all new clothes. Now, 6 months later, his new clothes are all to tight as he has put on another 15 pounds making him 135! When I try to talk about it with him, he just says, "So what if I'm a little fat, whats the big deal?" It doesn't bother him at all. How can I convince him to lose weight?
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From Pat, Child's Age 19 - 02/12/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Well here is an update on my daughter she went into the hospital a few months ago for congestive heart failure and we almost lost her. well they kept her in the hospital for four months till she lost weight, shes down to 580lbs which is better that the around 900 the hospital had her at before. around 200lbs was just fluid. well shes been sticking to her diet which is really good shes got a small amount of mobility back but we take her to water aerobics were she works out as much as she can. if anyone has anygood ideas it would be appreciated on how to exercise at a high weight. well happy holidays everyone
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From Kaylee, Child's Age 16 - 02/08/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Hi, my daughter is 16 and she 5'7'' 165 pounds. I know it's not that bad. She used to be very active. Played almost every sport she has given every sport at least one try. But since we moved to a new school she quit all her sports. Well she does colorguard which consists of spinning flags and equipment and occasional dancing. But I think her weight problem is a bigger cause. She parties a lot with a bad crowd. I think she drinks. I'm not a 100% sure. But I always smell it on her breath. She sneaks in the hours 4 or 5 hours after curfew. Her curfew is 12:00 A.M. This morning (a school night) she came in at 4:45 a.m. I don't know what to do. If I yell at her she leaves. I've tried almost everything to do for her. And I'm afraid her siblings are going to be like her. her sis is 15 and is starting to act like her. ANd her 13 year old brother is sneaking out now to. What should I do?
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From Amelia, Child's Age 11 - 02/08/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Hi, my daughter is only 11 years old but has been consitently overweight since she was a baby. Right now she's 5'4" and weighs 148 lbs. I know that's not obese, but considered clinically overweight. Our family is the model of healthy eating and exercise. I, her mom, participate in triathlons and her dad rides bikes. My daughter rides horses and takes Tae Kwon Do. She's active and most of the time, makes reasonable food choices. I don't know what to do. My husband and I argue continuously about how frank to be with our 11-year-old about her size. I don't want her to think we think she's fat and I don't want to drive her to anorexia. Complicating matters, is her 13-year old sister who's painfully thin and can eat whatever she wants. For other parents of pubescent children, please tell me what else to do to get my child's weight under control!
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From Tammy, Child's Age 13 - 02/07/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
My daughter, Alexia, likes to eat these snack bars called Nutty Bars, and I was wondering, there are two bars in one package, and it says on the back of the box that each one has 320 calories. Does that mean 320 calories for each actual bar, or 320 calories for each package? I buy them a lot, so I was just wondering if they were contributing to my daughter's weight gain.
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From Ryan, Child's Age 13 - 02/07/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
My son recently became wicked obese he quite all sports and never want to exercise right now his is 5'5 and 230 pounds he always eats junk food a few day a go i bought a party size bag of ruffles and he ate the whole thing he is a size 45 pants and when we go to the beach his stomach hangs down almost to his knees i do not know wat to do help
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From Tracy, Child's Age 15 - 02/05/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
I'm somewhat concerned about my daughter even though she is 15 and makes a lot of her own choices. She is 6' tall and weighs 210 pounds. She isn't enormous and doesn't have a large belly, but I can see some curving in her love handle area and its carried in her butt. I don't want to do anything rash but I don't want this to get worse. She doesn't have exercise problems as she plays basketball on the varsity team and aau team at school and runs often. She's actually really good, but I don't want this to interfere. Also, I've talked to a few coaches and they think that she should be put on a diet to get to around 175 for the sake of playing college basketball. I don't know what to do. She eats somewhat normally but in large should i address this problem with her without pushing her to far. She loves basketball and would do anything she needs to to get better and is extremely focused so i'm worried that if she sees this as a problem she could possibley do something extreme. Thanks for your advice.

From Debbie L., Child's Age 10 - 01/30/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
My son is two years off treatment for leukemia. During treatment, he was on steroids. He ballooned in weight during treatment, but the steroids made him hungry, and the oncologists wanted him to bulk up to withstand the chemo. Now he is off chemo, and his weight continues to go up. He is not quite 5 feet tall and he weighs 152 lbs. He is ridiculed every day at school, and crys often about his weight. I've switched to lo-cal bread, 2 percent milk, snacks with less than 2 percent fat grams, and offer fruit with meals. He continues to gain. He plays basketball, had P.E. twice a week at school, and it seems that nothing helps. He gets disgusted and I don't harp on him, but he won't take the initiative to cut back on what he eats. He's been swapping his lower calorie snacks with school mates, for their fattening ones. I pack his lunch most of the week, but on days he wished to eat at school, he goes thru the lunch line twice. What do I do?
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From John, Child's Age 14 - 01/30/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Hi everybody. I am really concerned about my daughter Lilly. Until about 12 years old, she was so thin and gorgeous. My parents would absolutely shower her with complements. She did belly dancing and looked so good! Then, she got her first period and it all went downhill. I would notice that she would take second helpings at dinner and she was always in the kitchen snacking. I encouraged her, since she was skinny and food is good for growing children. It wasnt bad, either, stuff like nuts and yogurt (we dont keep real junk in the house). A year go or so, when she was thirteen, I took my whole family on a cruise, and I was really surprised when I saw my daughter in a swimsuit. Her once tight abs had been completely covered by a small belly that would hang a little over her bikini. Her chest also grew considerably and her legs were much bigger than before. My wife noticed too but we agreed... (view more)
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From Debbie, Child's Age 9 - 01/30/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
You should check what your child's school is serving for lunch. I found out today that my daughters elementary school lunches are anywhere for 1097 calories per lunch, that is Mazzio's pizza, to 1200 calories per lunch everyday. They also have available to purchase smoothie type drinks that are 246 calories per serving, each drink is 2 servings which is an additional 492 calories on top of the high calorie lunch. If my daughter eats lunch at school every day she can easily put on 10 pounds in a month's time. I was floored when her principal gave me those figures this morning when we were talking. I said no wonder we have so many kids with weight issues. The schools are suppose to be providing a healthy lunch, but they are fooling parents with that. My daughter usually takes her lunch, but if they were serving something she loved or I got lazy and didn't fix it she would eat at school, no more. It will be packed lunches from now on.

From gabby - 01/26/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
a small tip is that you shouldnt push your child too far to lose weight. If you constantly force them to eat healthy and exersice you could be destroying their sself esteem and forcing them to rebel. I also read that what you bring into the house is most likely what theyll eat. thios is completely true. If you keep depriving your child of cravings and sweets they will binge eat, i almost guarantee it. It needs to be a balance between healthy and small portions of maybe low-fat unhealthy foods. Good Luck.

From john, Child's Age 11 - 01/07/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
around the holiday time, my sister and cousin, mom, and dad came over for a visit. they brought alot of food, and my daughter has been eating the whole thing! a list of food she ate in two days during the holiday time: 5 candy canes 3 chocolate hersheys bars, 2 thick slices of jellied cranberries,6 servings of stuffing, 3 big peices of turkey, alot of gravy, 10 mini crunch bars, 2 pop tarts, 1 chocolate snowman, 2 corn on the cobs, chips and salsa, 2 hot dogs, and 3 hamburgers. i think she was just excited with the food, but i donot think this will harm her weight too bad, she always eatrs like this. what do you think? also, do you think i should buy her new pants? her stomach is overlapping over, and she says she likes being fat. Help!
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From Kaylee - 01/07/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
I am a teen and for everyone that wants to help there kid/teen heres some advice. Don't say anything about there weight because that gets them mad at you and triggers them to eat just to make you mad. If you want to help them go to the grocery store and get healthy foods. Not mac and cheese, cookies, or pizza. Get something fresh, a galon of fat free milk, some fat free ranch to go with salad or veggies. Then plan a outdoor activity with them. If it's raining take them bowling. Do something active. Make it fun for them to be healthy. Make it something they can do and want to do. Give them the tools to be healthy and let them do it on their own. Last thing. Make sure you have bottles of water in your home. Not Juice or diet soda...WATER!! make sure they can always have water. I really hope I have helped someone on this board to help their child with weight loss.
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From gabby - 01/06/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
As i bowsed this site, i came to notice that many of you treat your children like they are unintelligent and have no self control because of this problem. You need to first recognize that this is a PROBLEM. It's not only an emotional but a physical problem. I have lost 50 pounds by frist bringing myself out of denial. If your child is eating uncontrollably, there's a reason. Try and help them by talking to them, not alienating them. And do not continnuosly bring up weight with them. From personal experience, I have learned all of this to be completely true. If any of you re actually interested in helping your child, instead of making them out to be uncontrollable reckless kids, please feel free to ask my advice in this forum. Thank you, Gabby.

From Brandy, Child's Age 7 - 01/06/07 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Hello,I know I am new to the board but I have been reading it for a long time.I don't understand why people get on this board and try to hurt people.We are here because we need help for our children.Perhaps suggestions and encouragment from others in our situation.Personally speaking I'll be the first to admit my childs obesity problem is my fault.I buy the food and at the age of seven its my responsibilty for his nutrition.I too am overweight and feel so guilty.My point is sometimes WE dig a hole for ourselves and our children. Before we know it,were in trouble.All we can do is love them unconditionally and help them.
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