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From Debbie, Child's Age 13 - 08/17/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
I was wondering if any mothers here of overweight children had undiagnosed or untreated gestational diabetes? I was diagnosed with it during the pregnancy of my youngest and had to give myself insulin and follow a diet and he is thin. I believe I had it with my 13 year old too but I was never tested so I never was diagnosed or treated for it. I definitely remember having the same symptoms that occurred with my youngest but never mentioned it to my ob/gyn so she never gave me the sugar test. I have since learned that gestational diabetes can cause the baby to have extra fat cells stored in him and making the baby larger than normal. With my youngest not only did I do the insulin but they induced my labor a couple weeks early to keep him from becoming too large. Now my oldest was actually born at 42 weeks or two weeks later than a normal full term pregnancy. The only reason he was... (view more)

From Debbie, Child's Age 13 - 08/17/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Just a little story to share. When my son was 3 he was almost 90 pounds and kids his age only came up to below his chest. So I was advised to take him to a pediatric endocrinologist to have him checked. After the tests were done the doctor said that my son's metabolism was fine and that it did seem that he had a bit of and overgrowth. He was big when he was born 10 pounds and 24 inches long. The funny thing is that the doctor looked at me and said "keep him active, feed him healthy and forget about him having a career as a ballerina because he definitely isn't going to be a ballerina"
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From Marie - 08/17/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
...some things are just changing routine and will result in less eating. Eat at the table always, don't eat after dinner, always serve a fruit and a veggie with dinner so it balances calories, don't make leftovers, just drinking skim milk vs. whole will result in a 18lbs wt loss in one year..small changes that do not make you feel deprived. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and skip the inner isles they contain the processed foods. Get a health magazine subscription they have awewome stories about weight loss and great meal ideas, muscle magazines are great especially for boys.
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From Marie - 08/17/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
I agree with both of the previous posts. Just remember in todays world we have the tools and the knowledge for weight loss. When I was growing up obese my parents did not have the knowledge and they did the best they could, therefore I did not resent them. If I were a child growing in todays world and my parent did not try every reasonable avenue to help me, I would resent them in the end. As parents we protect our children from drugs, abuse etc. Food kills too and this too is our responsibility to save our children from the risks of obesity.It is never about the way the extra weight looks it is how it slows down and puts a damper on our ability to live a full and productive life and what it can do to our longevity and health.

From Debbie, Child's Age 13 - 08/15/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
The school year will be beginning soon and for those of us with overweight children it is a scary and worrisome time. I know that once again my son will be teased and harassed by knuckleheads who feel so bad about themselves that they need to put him down to make themselves feel better. Though my son is only 13 he is 6' 2" tall and weighs about 265. I do my best to support him in all his endeavors whether it is weight loss or some other thing he wants to accomplish. I adore him and let him know that he is great just as he is though he is aware that there are health issues with being to overweight.
We as parents must remember to give our children our full and UNCONDITIONAL love. Be a shoulder for your child to cry on, be the rock they can cling to when they feel like they are drowning be whatever they need you to be. Just losing weight is not the answer to their problems ... I... (view more)

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From Joe, Child's Age 14 - 08/15/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
This message refers to the previous post from Debbie. I want to thank her for her wise advice. Nothing against the well-meaning teens who post here on the parents board, but Debbie's post is just cwhat I come here to read. I'm a single dad. My two sons are 144 and 11. The 14 year old is 6'0" and weighs 325 and the 11 year old is 5'1" and a very heavy 270. I'm 380 myself and it's hard to make sure we all eat healthy when all 3 of us have big appetites. My sons say everything is OK with them, but reading Debbie's post alerted me to the fact that they may be teased at school, and I'm going to work real hard to make sure I'm there for them. Thanks again, Debbie.
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From Steve, Child's Age 23 - 08/11/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
I hope you all will forgive me if I slip my daughter Megan in as a child even though she is 23. (Actually Megan is not 23 emotionally as she suffers from impulsivity, low initiative and poor self esteem.) Megan weighs 220 and is 5' 6". She started gaining weight about 8 years ago when her Grandmother, with whom she had a conflicted relationship, died.
Megan still lives at home with us and is a good moral person with a great sense of humor. And as a family we eat a very healthy Mediterranean style diet with no sugar and low fat. So obviously she is bingeing offsite as she is exercising regularly with walking and an old Richard Simmons video. She has tried lots of diets with no real success.
We live in a Third world country so our access to spas, etc. is limited. We have sent her to a psychiatrist but with no real success. I see Megan having more and more physical and... (view more)

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From Nancy, Child's Age 13 - 08/07/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Hi - I have a 13 year old boy soon entering 8th grade at 5'0 and 140 pounds. I would like to find an e-mail pen pal for him for moral support. Any parents have a son near the same age that might be interested in the same sort of moral support? To e-mail me - please write
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From Denee, Child's Age 16 - 08/03/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
my child is 16 5'6 and 240 pounds I see her crying every night and I wish I could help her but everytime i bring up her weight she gets mad at me. School is coming up soon and she does not want to go because she will be laughted at and made fun of please if you can help me e-mail me at
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From David, Child's Age 17 - 08/03/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
I came here to post some very bad news. My wife Caris has been keeping you updated about our daughter who was 500+ and almost immobile. I just thought I'd let you know that she passed away 3 days ago. She had just started on a supervised weightloss programme and had been donig very well. I guess it was too late for her. :(
I'm also very shocked and saddened to find out that another obese child from this board has passed away this week also.
Please don't let this happen to your child, stop them before they get as big as our Jen did.
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From matte, Child's Age 8 - 08/03/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
I guess I have the same problem, both I and my son overeat a lot. Are you or anyone else in the family heavy too?
Who pays for his food? Couldnt you buy less food? Is he mobile enough to buy his own food? How about a lock on the fridge. Does he drink a lot of sodas? I started buying sparkling water instead, my son got used to that after some time.
I guess your doctor is right unfortunately, if he keeps gaining like this he will not survive, what did he say when the doc told him that?

From Harold, Child's Age 16 - 07/29/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
I have to share a sad, sad story eith you. Last week, my daughter died in her sleep, she weighed 200 lbs and was very tall(being nearly 6ft). She was thinking very posotivly as the next day she was going to join a gym and get hel;p for her weight. She never had that oportunity so i am encouraging you, to help your children through this difficault challange. I know it's difficault as I myself was an overwigh child, being nearly 300pounds at 15 I won the battle and am just so shocked and sad that my lovely daughter Abigayle never even took the first step. God bless you and your children.
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From Haley - 07/28/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
hey ppls i am looking to help ppl as myself to loose weight and i was wondering if someone would like their kid to bond with ppl like them and make friends their size and loose weight together i am 5 feet tall and 142 pounds and i would like someone to help me so we can help eachother my email address is

From Jean, Child's Age 13 - 07/22/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
My daughter is 13 years old and about 5'1. She weighs about 135 at the most. She thinks she is overweight, but I don't know. She would really like to be 115 pounds before school starts, but she doesn't know how to lose the weight. She is a very picky eater, and during the summer, she gets so bored and all she does is eat.But it is very hard to lose the weight for her. She doesn't know what to do.
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From Geena, Child's Age 12 - 07/22/05 - IP#: Click here to reply  
Everyone i need help with my daughter she is almost 13 and 5'7 weighs 230 i am 43 an though i am overweight i weigh less and that makes her feel bad. She really wants to diet but it is hard because she is a vegetarian. I am a single parent and have a VERY busy life and most times can't go to the grocery store so we end up eating out. She is already a fairly tight size 18 and i don't want her to get biger. CAN ANYONE HELP?
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