From Kellie, Child's Age 7 - 01/07/12 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
My seven and a half year old son is considered obese...he weighs approx. 150 lbs...After getting bronchitis this winter the doctor he seen is on a "mission" to follow up with my son over his weight. They have even ordered him to have a sleep test because they say "overweight kids are at risk of sleep apnea" okay...but he doesnt have a problem with this, he also is supposed to see a nutritionist...My son is active, he plays soccer, hes top in his class almost, he isnt shy has a lot of friends, has no diabetes etc....He is overweight, but he also is happy and healthy. What rights do I have as a parent in saying no to these things? I know what is healthy and what isnt, I know that we make unhealthy choices sometimes but we do try to be more conscious...but, some things, we just are not going to change. I feel so much anger and resentment towards his pediatricians office now, I know I shouldnt but I do. The doctor who is ordering this istn his usual physician...she just happened to be the one who was ther the day he was sick and was the only one who could work him in. I am so upset about this, I do want my son to lose weight, but, sometimes, nto everyone is meant to be thin, and maybe he will be one of those people and it is okayt o me, because he is happy. I give him water, but like any kid, he likes Capris SUns, we went from whole to two percent milk, something i swore id never do, but one percent to us, just isnt good, i bought a gallon, well it went bad nobody drank it i threw it out. I buy fruit and veggies, but I also buy Goldfish & Hotpockets...I buy streudels, but I also buy Special K...Ive taught my son to be free thinking and independant....He is almost eight years old. Some things, just cant be changed, but some can, but, I just really wonder if anyone has been in my situaiton. My employers are sick to death of me having to take off (I am a hotel mgr and its my job tobe there) for these appointmnets to the point I am worried if I have to ask off again my job may be in jeaopardy. What do I do, get fired to take him to as leep study when I know he doesnt need it, I know thats a bit extreme and i probably wouldnt get firedf but still...I dont want my employers unhappy with me iether, especially in the economy we live in. I am a single mom who does the best I can, I dont make a lot of money but I make enough we have what we need and some of what we want.
Reply from amber, Child's Age 7 - 10/15/13  - IP#:
I can totally relate in so many ways! I have a 7 year old son,he's 4 ft.3in. tall and weighs 145. His pediatrician has performed several tests as safety precautions but she's never pushy! She says that its very possible that it could be his body type since obesity runs in our family,but other doctors are very rude abput his weight,(he has other health issues but not weight related). Some people just don't understand what its like to be "bigger",i too was overweight as a child& still am. As you said we try eating healthy to an extent,but i refuse to deprive my son of things other kids are having & doing. glad I'm not alone in this!!
Reply from Annie, Child's Age 16 - 01/09/12  - IP#:
You need to change doctors. Check with your medical insurance provider for the names of other pediatricians in your area. You should NOT feel rushed or pressured into doing ANYTHING. I understand fully your concerns that you can't take time off from workt to take your son for tests which he doesn't need.