From Richard, Child's Age 14 - 12/23/03 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
I have a 14 year old who loves football. Last year when he was 13, he played for a local little league team. He was very skinny 13 5'9 139lbs. When the seson ended, he and his coach were going to move up to the same high school team. He tried out and didnt make it and his coach said that all the spots were filled for the next year or two, except for center, and if he wanted to be center, he had to ain a lot of weight. He agreed and started eating Junk food non stop. Whenever I tried to stop him, he would say " I eat because I love football, if you stop me, you wont love me." he made me feel guilty. Then after a year he was 14 5'10 and 311 lbs. Tryouts were 4 months ago and he didnt make it because the same coach said that he was too heavy. Because of that,4 months later he is now 14 5'10 331 lbs. There is a huge Gut were his six pack used to be, and his big arm muscles are now all flab and no muscle. I look at a pictue of him last year nice and skinny, and now Fat or Obese from head to GUT to toe. And he still loves Football. What should I do?
Reply from Jeff, Child's Age 14 - 01/15/04  - IP#:
Wow! Your son went from 139 lbs to 311 in 1 year?!? That is incredible to say the least! What I have to say may ruffle some feathers, but if that's what he wants, then let him go for it! Especially in high school, there is a very high demand for 300+ pound linemen now. If he just trains a little bit and tones up the muscles under the fat, he'll be great! My son is 14 and 360 pounds and he plays on our hs freshmen team and he did great this season!! He's fatter than hell, but he can move around the football feild just fine. If your son is happy with himself and likes the way he is, he'll be fine. Trust me.

Reply from TexMom, Child's Age 16 - 12/29/03  - IP#:
Get him motivated in sports again. Start planning healthy meals and throw out all the junk food. Get started now, his weight gain has inevitably caused not only you but him emotional strain. Become actively involved in his food choices and do not pet him by yielding to junk food.

Reply from tag, Child's Age 12 - 12/24/03  - IP#:
you should let your son get more exercize by playing the football with him and dont let him eat to much junk food