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From concerned dad, Child's Age 7 - 07/10/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Our son is 7-1/2, is 49" tall, and weighs 137 lbs. He's a real happy kid, has a lot of friends, and is real active. He has a real big appetite, takes seconds and thirds at all meals, and loves his snacks. I'm heavy and my wife is real heavy. I think we should all try to cut down, because our son has put on about 45 lbs in the last year. My wife doesn't think my son has any problems and says we shouldn't do anything which could make him feel he has a problem. Any advice from other parents out there? Thanks.
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From Kelsee - 07/07/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Hey Parents :)..I just wanted to say, there are a few kids (including me) on this board. and many of us came from the teens board and are experiencing/ have experienced what your kids are going through..our adivce and tips may be even more helpfulthen other adults. im not saying what you say is wrong, you can be just as helpful. but you should really listen to waht the kids are saying.
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From Delia, Child's Age 13 - 07/06/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Hello everyone,
I'm new to this site and I suppose that most everybody here has the same kind of problem that I do. My 13 year old son is about 20-30 lbs overweight. It doesn't help that he's short, either. Anyway, it breaks my heart because he's very self conscious about it. I've tried to help him, but nothing seems to work. We went to Weight Watchers, which sucked because there aren't any CHILDRENS WW in our area, so we had to go to an adult one. This was totally boring for him. So boring, in fact, that he lost interest. He was pretty good about sticking to the program, but being that he's 13 and spends a lot of time at other peoples houses and stuff like that, I can't keep track of everything he's eating. The other thing is -- he's growing. I turned around the other day and realized that he's now taller than me, so naturally, that would affect the scale. I think our... (view more)

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From chelsey. - 07/05/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
ok. i have to say something and its not ur childrens fault that they might be overweight!!! im not saying that its the parents fault but you parents can solve this problem ( not sayign that its easy to though) i know im only 13 but just hear me out. overweight children go threw alot like being made fun of espiecally from other kids.So be4 you start putting your children on diets why dotn you sit down and talk to them 1st and see how they feel about all of this.It would make everythign a hole lot better. <3 chel!
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Reply from Susan, Child's Age 8 - 6/9/05 - IP#: parbb-c1453
I am really proud of you for losing some weight and I think you are a very intelligent young lady. Keep up the good work and continue to give the parents some excellent advise. Your advise is coming from your heart, because you honestly know what these children are dealing with. I bet your mom and dad are very proud of you. God Bless you.

Susan- wasnt it you who just said that? whats with the change of heart?

From Kelsee - 07/02/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Wow Susan. Don't flip out. i was trying to help. and my perfect life? Im overweight to...honestly i no much more about what your child is going through then you would ever know..and I wouldnt call my life grandma has cancer, and theres plenty more of that stuff. so im sorry if my opinion is different then yours, but i would respect what other people have to say.
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From Krystal, Child's Age 6 - 06/29/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Hello parents. I have a 6 year old daughter that weighed 114lbs a couple months ago and we went to a nuetionist and she gave me all kinds of ideas. the best one ever was remember your child stomack is only as big as there little fist. I thought i was starving my child but it works with excerise she has drop weight. I am so proud of her. you just have to be stronge for your child. I know its hard but it is for the best for them. Please if you have any ?'s or just want to talk please email me @
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From tom, Child's Age 15 - 06/29/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
My son is only 11 and already weighs over 175. He is only 5'2 so as you can imagine he is getting dangerously large. I don't know what to do. He just eats non-stop, which i guess is partially my fault. He just eats sweets and junk food all day long. He hardly ever goes outside, and just sits inside and watches tv...and gets fatter! What should I do?
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From Suzannah, Child's Age 12 - 06/27/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Hi...I am looking for other parents of overweight kids who want to email back and forth with support and ideas. My daughter is 12 and over 150 lbs. She is the sweetest thing and suffers so much from the kids teasing her. She has stretch marks on her belly, hips and legs. I know how she feels because I was a "fat child" and food addicted too. I have learned a lot and keep my house really healthy with no junk or soda. Unfortunately, her dad (we are divorced) keeps all sorts of garbage and feeds her junk food when he has her. I have tried appealing to him and even brought him to a nutritionists office. She explained the health problems our daughter could be facing and where he needed to improve. Nothing worked. He still gives her all the same junk food. I have talked to her about learning to make better choices no matter WHAT is offered to her, but I know how hard it is.
Can anyone relate? My heart breaks for her because I know how much her self esteem has suffered and I want to help.
Oh...a positive thing...we are going to Curves together!
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From marie, Child's Age 12 - 06/27/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
...just a couple comments on the "healthy choices", I know your intentions are good ones but...peanut butter vs, p.b is heart healthy and will lower cholesterol, fruit snacks(maybe you meant fruit as a snack?, but fruit snacks have 120 calories per serving and one piece of fruit has 50, and fiber to fill you and fruit snacks are one of the number one dental decayers. Another thing is always, always read your labels if it has hydrogenated oils in it..put it back..very bad for the heart. I would not recommend splenda for children it is made with chlorine which a lot of people are unaware of. It also has not been tested on children...adam and eve make a flavored water that is only diluted down juice, which really can be made at home. Stick to foods that are grown in the ground, not chemically produced...they may cut calories but will not improve health.

From Arianna, Child's Age 16 - 06/27/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Heres a list of some healthy snack alternatives that children might enjoy.
1.Baskin Robbins frozen yogurt compared to other ice cream places such as coldstone,oberweis,etc.
2.Baked lays snack chips
3.sliced apples with caramel dip
4.corn puffs
5.healthy choice tv dinners
6.granola bars and fruit snacks
7.natural flavored water
Also healthy alternatives that one would use in every day cooking would be splenda which contains half the calories of regular sugar, miracle whip which has 75 percent less fat then mayonaise, chicken instead of beef, and having three servings of dairy a day helps burn fat faster. Hope this helps.
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From Susan, Child's Age 8 - 06/24/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Everyone is getting what I had to say to that little girl,wrong. I am happy that she has an opinion, not many children do. I just think that my little girl needs to get advise from children who know how she feels. Not from someone who has been thin all her/his life and think that what they have to say is going boost her self esteem. There are kids on this site who have been overweight and lost weight and my daughter has read what they had to say and she feels because they can do it so can she. I just feel that if has actually gone through what she is going through that makes a difference for all these children. And by the way,Morgan, I do know what my child is going throw. I was an overweight child myself. I know not to push the weight issue on her. Her and I are very close because I went through the same thing that she is going through now. Again, I apologize if anyone on this website felt I was wrong to let that little girl know how I feel about her giving advice. Forgive Me.
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From to susan - 06/24/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
geez susan, she was just trying to help and ya its true. parents dont notice wat their kids throw in the carriage at the store....its their fault and the parents fault. some kids DO help on this site, just dont pay attention to those posts if u dont want to see them
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From Kelsee - 06/20/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Ok, I know im only 14 years old but i have some things to say. The growing weight of our children isn't the kids fault. Its the parents. Its not us kids that do the grocery shopping. I mean sure, most kids should control what they eat, but parents need to lead by example. There are soo many delicious healthy meals you can make, an awesome healthy substitutes! your whole family will feel sooo much better! and take family walks after dinner. Summer is an excellent time to get some excersice. take advantage of all the fruits in season, and use the beautiful whether to spend time outsdie. i can guarantee everyone in your family will look and feel healthier, plus youll grow closer as a family. hope i helped and good luck! great job knowing we need to be healthier!
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From Caris, Child's Age 17 - 06/20/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
I wrote a while back about the problems I was having with my (450lb) daughter. I tried getting her to exercise carrying the weight around was too much for her. She'd go a few feet, but after heaving her bulk that far, she'd be panting, sweating, crying for me to let her stop.
After a few days she just gave up, and she's put on more and more weight. I'm sure she's pushing around 500ish now. She's only 5'1. She doesn't bother to move very often now (only from the sofa to the bathroom) I have to have her brothers help her stand. She can't get up under her own power anymore.
I'm so worried, because it's my poor daughter under that mound of blubber. She looks lost in it. I've asked the doctor to do a house call, but he said he can't do that. And she can't phsyically walk as far as the car anymore.
Seriously, when her brothers help her up, she's panting from lifting the weight. And the walk into the bathroom just about kills her. I think she's going to die, and no one will help me.
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