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From Allen, child's age 16
Hi everyone, here for some advice. My son Allen just turned sixteen and he went for a check up at the doctors the other day. Allen has always been a big kid and I knew that he had gotten a bit larger over the last year, but I didn’t realize that he had gotten this large. He weighed in at 274 pounds at 5’7. During his last weigh in which was about a year ago, he weighed in around 220-225. The doctor had told us to watch what he eats and to eat healthier, but we definitely failed at that.
Allen has a large appetite and is often snacking; thinking about it we very rarely seem him without some type of food in hand. When he comes home from school there’s often a big gulp and some snacks in his hand, often snacks on those packaged donuts throughout the evening and so forth. My wife has attributed Allen’s eating to puberty growth, but it’s very evident now that he has gotten a bit too large. He’s outgrown many clothing sizes, and he physically looks much larger; his once pudgy belly is now hanging out of his shirts and when he walks around shirtless it’s completely covering the waistband of his boxers. Physically I’ve noticed labored breathing when moving around or climbing stairs and grunting when getting out of a chair or a lower spot.
My wife doesn’t want to do anything regarding his weight, as she feels that he will grow out of it and to not bring any stress into his life. I of course don’t want to bring stress into Allen’s life, but he’s quite massive at this point. Really unsure of what to do.