From Peter, Child's Age 18 - 11/06/04 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Hey Everyone. I have three sons. One is 17, on 14 and the other 10. All three are overweight, if not obese. I don't know what to do. My oldest, Kyle is 18 and is 6'0" and weighs 288 lbs. He has been fat his whole life. A years ago, for his freshman year, he weighed 310 lbs and was 5'8". I rationed the junk food and put him on a diet, and he lost 40 lbs over the next three years. Then in senior year, he started going to parties and distancing himself from me. He has gained 18 lbs since Septemeber. His weight problem started at age 6, when he broke his leg. He was in a cast for months, and his weight had gone up and bad eating habits had been ingrained. His weight has just climbed ever since. His stomach has a sag over his size 44 pants, and his lovehandles redefine 'spare tire'. My second oldest is 14 and weighs 257 lbs. He is 5'6". His weight problem has only been recent. He was at a healthy weight until he tried out for football. He wanted to be a linebacker and the coach wanted him to gain 30 lbs. He did gain thirty pounds, plus 100 more! He wears size 38 pants and his stomach is gigantic. Last weekend he went for a final swim with his friends before the winter and I chaperoned. I almost fainted when he took off his shirt. Chunks of fat were just hanging and jiggling all over his body. He is substancially larger than all of his friends, and they call him Moby. Lastly, my youngest son is 10. His weight is pushing 150 lbs, and he is rather short, just 5 feet. Most of his excess weight is stored in his abdomen, which bulges out of all his shirts and over his pants. He eats as much as his 14 year old brother, which is bad, and knows the tv line up like the palm of his hand. He cannot go an hour without eating something, and when he attempts excersise, he tires out and huffs and puffs in a few minutes, so he returns to the couch. Please help me. I know the 18 y/o is almost out of my hands, but I need help! We are a rich family (I'm a judge), and the boys have every kind of food on hand. There is a McDonalds down the street, and when they can walk, they go pig out on deep fried potatoes. Neither my wife or me are overweight. Help!!!
Reply from Christina, Child's Age 11 - 11/28/04  - IP#:
Your oldest son is out of your hands. Once a child reaches 17 or 18, they know there own body. They know whats right to eat and whats not. As for your 2 younger ones, give it to them straight. Sit them down, tell them there fat, they wont have a succesful life, tell them how you feel. Tell them they wont get girlfriends. Basically, scare the crap out of them. That should wake them up. If not, contact a nutritionist. My son was 60 lbs over weight. He got a nutritionist and now lost 70lbs and runs every day. Good luck!

Reply from Cody, Child's Age 15 - 11/06/04  - IP#:
Hey, my name is Cody. I'm 15 years old. Have your kids email me at, and maybe I can help. I'm overweight to, about 5'10 and 220ish.