From Jeanne, Child's Age 11 - 04/20/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Hi! My daughter is 11 years old. She is 5'2" and weighs 195 lbs. I don't know what else do to to help her lose weight. I think it's more emotional. When she is feeling sad or bored she sneeks food. I have tried talking to her but nothing works. I can see her killing herself slowly and its killing me not being able to help her. please if anyone knows of something anything that I can do to help her. I was thinking about some kind of diet pills or something but I am afraid because of her age. Please, I am at the end of my rope.
Reply from Jennifer, Age 11 - 07/30/13  - IP#:
Well, Jeanie, I'm an 11 year old, and I think I might be able to give you some advice. Instead of worrying and worrying, talk to her, but only ask her questions. Try to listen,not just butt in if she says something that you don't like. For example, if she says " Mom, I'm depressed because my boyfriend Tyler and had this huge fight and won"t talk to me." Don't say something that won't make the situation better like, "What! I didn't know you had a boyfriend! You're grounded!" Say something like, oh honey, don"t worry about boys, you can worry about them when you're older." She'll feel more open to talk to you, and maybe she won't be so depressed anymore so she will eat less. Also, talk it put with her. Don't put her on a diet, but make an agreement that you"ll try not to eat unhealthy food with her, so she feels like she's not alone. Hope this helped!
Reply from bj - 07/12/09  - IP#:
I just saw what you said about diet pills. Oprah Winfrey is rich and thinks about her weight on a daily basic. If there was a magic pill or colon cleanse don't you think she would know it. Damn all of you. common Sense. You are killing your kids!!!!They have to learn to satisfy from the neck down. Not the neck up. Bj
Reply from bj - 07/12/09  - IP#:
With all due respect. Your child sneaks food at 11. where does she get the money to buy it. If she was an alcoholic would you leave alcohol in the house? Replace chips and candy with fruits and veggies. Replace white with wheat. Reward one cheat day a week. Reward. She has to be told the truth.
Reply from Taylor, Child's Age 15 - 04/26/09  - IP#:
Talking to her isn't enough. If it's emotional, you NEED to address the emotional problems before her eating habits can change. Because not only could she potential develop worse coping methods, if these issues are left unaddressed, but you're taking away something that helps her feel good, so you need to replace that with something healthy. Otherwise it won't help anything. Get her into therapy or a psychiatrist, and perhaps a nutritionist. And two, diet pills aren't a good idea not only because of her age, but because most diet pills either don't work or are EXTREMELY dangerous. Orlistat (in a lesser strength, Alli sold OTC) is the ONLY FDA approved diet pill, and Orlistat is only prescribed in pretty extreme cases of obsesity, and almost never to children. I advise you not to put her on Alli either, because she is young and it may not be safe, but if you really feel it's the only way, talk to a doctor first. DO NOT use any other diet pills, because they can REALLY screw up ther heart, not just of a kid, but of an adult, so it's especially dangerous to put a child on those kinds of things. I think the main thing right now, is to address the emotional issues behind her eating habits, because if those aren't fixed, it'll be on the verge of impossible for her to be healthier...
Reply from Krystal, Child's Age 10 - 04/25/09  - IP#:
I understand my daughter is 10 years old & about the same weight & height. I struggle with the diet pills too. I have not heard of anything that is ok for a child. My daughter works out & eats good & she still can not lose weight. she has had every test out there done. she is just going to be a big girl. we have talked about that & she seems ok BUT it is hard on her. her fathers family is all obese.