From Jeremy, Child's Age 12 - 06/16/08 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Okay, so I'm not a parent I'm an older brother. I'm 17 and I have an extremly overweight younger sister named Jessica. She ie 5'3" and 362 pounds! She wasn't always so big, but she started putting on weight very quickly at age 8, when our father left our mom. I love her so much, and it tears me apart to see her like this. She just eats and eats, and it's really taking a toll on her. She's obviously having a lot of trouble getting around, and she's still getting bigger! I don't know what to do. I've talked to my mother about it, but she just makes excuses and says "She's going through a rough time in her life. Just let her be." My mom has been severely depressed since my father left and in this matter I don't think she'll be of any help, because she just lets Jessie eat whatever the heck she wants. I've attempted to talk to Jessie about it myself, but she's a very sweet and sensitive girl and it upsets her. I've given up on trying to talk to her, because I know she's aware she needs to lose weight, but she doesn't know how. I know it hurst her. And it hurts me to just see her get bigger and bigger and there's not much I can do to stop it. Before I know it she'll weigh 400 pounds. She'll be too big to move! I'm begging you for advice. Please, how can I help her?
Reply from Brittany, Child's Age 15 - 07/11/08  - IP#:
My daughter is a lot like your sister except my daughter has already gotten into the 400's. I know how you feel about that, but it is sweet you care so much about your sister. I wish there was something i could say to help you and your sister but i cant even get my daughters weight problem under control, but dont give up on her. good luck!

Reply from Jason, Child's Age 6 - 06/19/08  - IP#:
It sounds like your a very responcible young man who cares for his family. I cant imagine how this hurts you so much because you are so close to your sister. Perhaps you and her can do this together. You didnt mention if you were overweight or not, but even if your not, I suggest that you show your sister that you are commited to helping her lose weight by eating healthier foods with her. Its tough for a child to lose weight, but with the right role model, they can achieve anything. And from your message, it sounds like you are the best thing that she has right now. Sit down with her for breakfast, lunch and dinner and eat healthy foods together. If your an active person, then invite her to come along when you and your friends hangout at the skate park or athletic field or wherever you hang out with friends. Dont force her into playing, but let her watch and something might catch her interest and she may want to join in. My final suggestion would be to take her to a doctor, or weight specialist. Your 17, so im assuiming you can drive. Use that to your advantage. I hope you can help your sister out. Keep us updated on how things are going. Good Luck.

Reply from Jeremy, Child's Age 12 - 06/17/08  - IP#:
She's kind of has a lot of trouble getting around really. She can barely walk let alone jog, but thanks for the advice.

Reply from Karren, Child's Age 2 - 06/17/08  - IP#:
Why not spend sometime together jogging,walking or any other exercise. Also if she likes dancing suggest that she makes her own dance routine.