From Phoebe, Age 12 - 03/28/23 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'2", Start: 200 lb, Today: 240 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 125 lb - I started trying to lose weight (but failing) in July last year when I first reached 200lbs. I've always been bigger, but things started escalating in 2020, partly because of the pandemic, but they just keep getting worse and I'm gaining weight quicker and quicker. I gained around 30lbs in 2020, around 50lbs in 2021 and around 65lbs in 2022. I've already gained 15lbs since the start of this year. I'm scared if I carry on I'll be pushing the 300s by the end of the year. My parents used to be fat (though not as fat as me), but they've lost weight and none of my siblings have ever been overweight. Noone at school comes close to my size, even if some are overweight, they're not severely obese like me. I feel so alone because I don't know anyone struggling like I am. The more weight I put on, the harder daily tasks get. I carry most of my weight on my belly, my waist is like 50 inches. It's really difficult to bend over past my belly to tie my shoes, so I try to wear slip ons most of the time. My room is up 3 flights of stairs and it takes me a good 10 minutes to get up to it because I have to rest between each flight. I get so out of breathe from activities that used to be relatively easy. Just getting dressed can be tiring. Despite all this, I just can't stop myself from gorging. We don't really have junk food in the house anymore, but that doesn't stop me from stuffing myself. I go through a jar of peanut butter in 2 days, I eat like 8 slices of bread in one sitting. I drink a liter of milk a day. I have a BIG bowl of porridge in the morning and sneak 5 tbsps of sugar into it. I spend my allowance on junk food. I have no control. I find it so hard to resist food, if I know it's there I have to have it. I eat my feelings. I have a Drs appointment tomorrow and I'll find out how much weight I've gained over the past month, as well as some blood test results I'm really nervous about. My parents are worried I have developed type 2 diabetes.
Reply from Greg, Age 16 - 04/05/23  - IP#:
Insulin is definitely really scary, try to stay off of it if you can. Try not to be mean to yourself though. I know that's hard but being miserable won't help anything
Reply from Phoebe, Age 12 - 04/01/23  - IP#:
Update following my drs appointment. I'm 252 lbs, so I've gained 12lbs in just a month. She took my blood pressure and it was 158/93, way too high, especially for my age. My cholesterol is high. My a1c was 7, so I officially have type 2 diabetes. I have to test my blood sugar multiple times a day and try to modify my diet. I'm on a few medications to help. If I don't get my blood sugar under control with this in going to have to start insulin, which is really scary as I hate needles. I've been keeping an honest food diary for the dietician, who I'm seeing soon. I only agreed to do it if my parents don't get to see it. I'm kind of shocked by the amount of calories I eat in a day, but not enough to make me stop. My lowest calorie day was 5000. I can't see myself getting this under control. I'm probably just going to die young.
Reply from Greg, Age 16 - 03/29/23  - IP#:
I'm mostly belly too Phoebe, I know how it can just tire one out trying to move like that! How did your doctor's appointment go?