From Matt, Child's Age 12 - 03/10/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
My son is very obese. He is 5'3" and 350 pounds. He has a bmi of 58 which is 28 units over the obese mark. He just can't lose weight. We've tried everything. He was fine until he was about 8. Then he was 75 pounds. By his 9th birthday he was 145 pounds. By his 10th he was 230. By his 11th he was 275. He's now at 350. I'm worried that by next year he may make it to 400! HELP!
Reply from Mike, Child's Age 11 - 05/01/08  - IP#:
I don't know if this will help, but it worked for me! Up until my 10th birthday I weighed a stone (14 lb) for each year, but then, as puberty kicked in, my weight climbed faster, and on my 11th birthday I weighed twelve and a half stones or 175 pounds. I tried dieting and exercise to no avail. After school on the last day of Summer term, Mum pulled me to one side and told me she wanted me to lose at least a couple of stones before returning to school in September. How I did it was up to me, but in order to encourage me, she told me she would not buy any more jeans for me. If I burst those I was wearing I would have to wear my shorts instead. I hated shorts! I went to my room to consider this new problem, and took a good, long, hard look at myself in the full-length mirror on the door of my wardrobe. My jeans were rock-hard tight from the knees up and my T-shirt seemed to bulge at every seam. The tightness of my clothes didn't bother me. Tight jeans and pants were the height of fashion in the early 60s, and I was often complimented on the tightness of my jeans. I came to the conclusion that my immediate problem was not so much find a way to lose weight, but to find a way of preventing my jeans from bursting. And then it hit me! One pair of tight jeans on its own would burst too easily. Two pairs worn together would be twice as strong. Three or four pairs of jeans worn over each other would be so strong they would be impossible to burst! As it happened, the pair I was wearing that day were the fourth pair of the same make and size and I still had the other three pairs, albeit patched and repatched where I had torn them or burst them, in the bottom of my wardrobe. I enlisted the aid of my brother and between us we managed to squeeze me into the four pairs of jeans. My knee-length rubber boots were very tight, but they looked good, as did my zip-front leather jacket, which was extremely tight over four or five layers of tight T-shirts and sweatshirts. I could hardly move, but I felt great! None of my friends noticed I was wearing extra clothes when I kicked a ball about with them in the park. They just teased me good-naturedly about my super-tight jeans. That night I left all my clothes on and slept quite comfortably. After a couple of days my jeans and leather jacket were becoming very loose. I had been sweating a lot and thought that this had somehow made them stretch. I preferred them when they were tight, so I persuaded my brother to help me strip everything off, and put them back on over another two or three layers which would make them tight again. After another couple of days all my clothes were loose again and I realised now that I was rapidly losing weight. Thereafter this became the pattern of my teenage and young adult years --- my weight would climb every Winter, and I would sweat it off the following Summer. Sometime in my mid-20s I learned about metabolism and after that I didn't need to put so much effort into losing weight. But sometimes I got careless, or simply got fed up of watching my diet, and allowed my weight to climb. Then, one day I would dress myself in about twenty layers of tight clothes and spend the day fishing. When I stripped off I usually found I had managed to lose about a stone --- sometimes as much as two, if I cycled to and from one of my favourite fishing haunts, which was about 5 miles away

Reply from Laura, Child's Age 10 - 03/11/08  - IP#:
Hi! I have the same trouble with my daughter. She has always been bigger as other kids. But by age 7 her weight began to increase. Now she is 4'9 nd weights about 225 pounds. I don't know how much she weights exactly, because she refuses to be weighted. Last December she was 217 pounds, but since then she has put on some weight again.

Reply from James, Child's Age 16 - 03/10/08  - IP#:
Oops... his email is

Reply from James, Child's Age 16 - 03/10/08  - IP#:
My son went through a similar phase, it didn't last that long but he went from 95 to 225 in less than 2 years. His email is, he helped his friend lose some weight and I'm sure that he wouldn't mind talking to your son.