From Joanne, Child's Age 11 - 10/22/13 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
My son started complaining this morning that his clothes are getting tight again. Apparently they've been feeling tight for about 2 weeks but now they are starting to be tight enough to hurt. What worries me is that I only just bought him new clothes in the summer and he doesn't look any taller. He doesn't ever let me weigh him so I don't know if he has gotten heavier and it's hard to tell if has gained weight or not. He is very resistant to any form of diet or exercise. I just don't know what to do.
Reply from Joanne, Child's Age 11 - 10/22/13  - IP#:
No, my son never takes his shirt off around the house. He's always been quite large so its not easy to tell if he has gotten heavier or not. He's had a few years now with not much height growth. I'm not home when he has his meals. He cooks for himself. His friends are a little on the large side too I suppose. He's not really active. His friends mom takes him too and from school and he never has done much active. He's not really into sports so I doubt he is looking at football players as role models (I don't think he has ever seen a game of football).
Reply from Mario, Child's Age 13 - 10/22/13  - IP#:
Have you recebntly seen your son with his shirt off around the house? Does he look chubbier? At age 11, some boys gain chub right before puberty starts---that's what happened to my son when he was 11-1/2. Once he starts growing taller with puberty your son's weight should even out with his height. On the other hand, does your son eat a lot at meals? Does he snack a lot? Is he active? Are his friends fat? Some boys in late pre-teens/early teens become fascinated by their changing bodies and equate size (as in chubby/fat/obese) with strength. Watch college football next Saturday or pro football next Sunday and look at the number of football players (not all, but a good number) who are fat--big bellies and hips which jiggle when they play ball, as well as big muscular arms and chest. You want to make sure you convey to your son that you're not being critical of him, and that you want to make sure that he's getting all the nourishment he needs to be active and be healthy as a teen. Hope this helps.