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From Heidi, child's age 13
Hi...I'm new to this board,my son is quite over weight for his age,13,he suffers from anxiety and depression and is on meds for it.He's 5ft 2inch,and weighs as much as me 140lbs.He is very inactive and does no sports anymore,used to play soccer for 8 yrs,but doesn't do it anymore,can't force a 13 yr old to do something he doesn't want to do anymore.His eating habits suck,all he wants to eat is JUNK.Well started him on a diet yesterday,he came to us and said he wants to lose weight,by the way he has man-boobs,which he is very self consience about as well.I have been worried about his weight issue for a long time,all his friends are very social and seem to be interested in sports and girls etc,like a typical 13 yr old should be,but with my son,I know its the weight issue that is holding him back from being like his friends are.I hope that he will feel better about himself when he loses 15 lbs,he seems determined to stick to it.I have cut all processed foods out,pop,pizza...just sticking to healthy lunches,veggies lean meats,fruits.I know it will be hard for him the first 2 weeks,but have told him he will feel better,and have more energy...and who knows maybe he won't need his meds anymore once his self esteem is back and he feels better about himself.Just wanted to share this with other parents going thru the same situation.Thankyou Heidi(concerened mom)