From dylhan, Child's Age 16 - 10/28/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
actually, I'm not the parent ... I'm the child. I am 16 years old I weigh 250lbs and I am 5'3 1/2" I have an underactive thyroid and I hadn't been informed of it until a few years ago... I also have sleep apnea which doesn't exactly help either I try to take my medication for my thyroid around the same time every day but it never works that way and I do not use my c-pap at night either but I have been on diet after diet and I never lose a pound! I am so desperate I feel like my fat is suffocating me and I have been researching for residential placement for overweight children because I cannot do this ! its so hard and I cant stay motivated I have a problem and I need to fix it I wouldn't worry as much if I didn't have medical problems due to my weight such as sleep apnea which was caused because I gained weight from my underactive thyroid I had no idea about. I am never made fun of everyone thinks im gorgeous I have many friends and family who support me but I just think being somewhere away from everyone in a new environment where I can focus on just me and losing weight to be healthier then I would have more results especially because the staff would have to give me my medication at the same time everyday and I cant remember too I always run late in the mornings and forget the medication but anyways does anyone have any input or advice as to how I should go about this ? what do you think I should do and do you think I should go to a placement or facility till I get to a healthy weight?
Reply from Jolene, Child's Age 13 - 10/29/14  - IP#:
Have you spoken to your parents and your doctor about this? I'm hoping that your mom or dad could help remind you to take your medication in the morning. A big issue with weight loss residential programs would be the cost. You need to check with parents and doctor about whether or not your medical insurance would pay for a program. I feel sorry for you because it seems like you're trying to do this on your own and I think you need support. Sometimes pople have to ask for help---there's no shame in that. Best of luck to you.