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From Randy, child's age 16

Hey everyone, I've been on this board a few times in the past reading about other parents' struggles with their obese children and how to manage their weight, but I think it's finally time for me to post something; my son's weight has spiraled out of control lately, and I would really appreciate all the advice you can give. I'm writing about my son, Isaac. He's 16 years old and is 6'3" tall. He's always been a big guy (one of the tallest in his grade) but recently he's been getting pretty chubby. I just found out a few days ago at a doctor's appointment that he was already 312 pounds; just last year he was only around 260! Over the past few years, his appetite has steadily grown; nowadays, he always gets seconds for dinner and sometimes even gets thirds. I also suspect that he's been eating fast food behind my back; he has a car now so he can drive to fast food places on his own after school, and lately, I've noticed fast-food wrappers showing up in his bedroom. He's also been getting winded pretty often recently; sometimes when he walks upstairs, he breaths kinda heavily. Honestly, I'm worried about him! I've struggled with obesity all my life, and all I want is for him to live a happy and active life. School is starting soon, and he's on the football team so maybe he'll get some exercise then, but over the summer he's been doing nothing but eating, hanging out with friends, and playing video games in his bedroom. I really want to control his portions so he can lose some weight, but I really can't control what he eats outside of the house. What should I do?