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From Rachel, child's age 17
My son, Jason is 17 years old. He's 6'1" and weighs around 280 lbs. He has never really been small, but he started gaining alot of weight when he was 16. He used to way around 175 lbs. That's over 100 lbs. he has gained in only 1 year. He said the reason why he gained alot of weight was for football. I took him to a dietrician, but the Doctor wasn't very helpful, he simply said just put him on a diet. I have tried to keep him away from fattening foods and motivated him to exercise, but I am a single mom and I have to work. Jason is quite a big eater. He can pack down alot of food when he wants too. It definitely shows in his gut. His stomach is huge. He just doesn't seem to care that he is so heavy. I have told him many times that it is very unhealthly but he is a fighter and doesn't want to take any advice from mom. My other son Justin is 20. He is 5'11" and only weighs 110 lbs. He is obviously underweight. He is more worried about his weight and appearance than Jason. He says girls don't want to go out with guys that are overweight and he thinks he's perfectly fine. But I am really worried about my boys. I have been thinking about getting Jason a dog so he has something to do and can take it for walks, but then I was worried that he would lose interest in it and I would end up taking care of it. I do understand Justin is older and can take care of himself, but he still lives at home with me and Jason. I don't even know where to start with him.