From Janis, Child's Age 12 - 06/06/17 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
After only a week of football practice, my son Paul was injured last Saturday. He ended up with a broken knee and other injuries. He was operated on and will have to remain off his leg for 8 weeks. Heʻs very depressed and discouraged. Iʻm unhappy for him and sad because he actually lost a couple of pounds during his first week of practice (the first time heʻs lost weight---two years ago he gained 33 pounds in 2 months and went from thin to obese and developed a huge appetite and itʻs been a struggle for me to keep his weight under control ever since). My sister-in-law and nephew spend all day with Paul while Iʻm at work. Heʻs supposed to use crutches but heʻs having a tough time getting used to them.
Reply from Janis, Child's Age 12 - 10/03/17  - IP#:
Thanks for asking, Barbara. Paul was inactive for 9 weeks after he broke his leg and then could only do "light activity" for 2 more weeks. He gained a LOT of weight during that time and now weighs 211 pounds. He played the last 2 games. He's the second heaviest boy on the team and is proud of it! When I inputted his numbers on the height-weight page here, it shows he's almost 80 pounds overweight. None of the coaches thinks he has a problem. They've told me he's "just a big boy" and has a great future in football because he's so tall and heavy for his age. I'd rather have Paul lose 75 pounds and play quarterback than be his current size and play on the offensive line. But, I'm the only person in his life who seems to feel that way. It's very frustrating to see my formerly slender son now wearing men's size 42 pants at age 12!
Reply from Barbara, Child's Age 14 - 09/29/17  - IP#:
How is Paul?
Reply from Gordon, Child's Age 22 - 07/30/17  - IP#:
Most boys, just before they go into their growth spurt which could last several years, just beef up. Their body is getting ready for a lot of fast growth, mostly height and muscle growth. If you talk to Paul about building a big, strong body on healthy food, like grilled chicken breast with a dash of BBQ sauce, scrambled eggs with a dash of grated cheese, protein drinks made with 1% milk, any fruits (I cut mine up for "pop in your mouth" convenience), some nuts are low sodium and very healthy, etc. etc. The idea is to make snacks handy and healthy, and main courses loaded with nutriment and not high in fat, and convince Paul that the body he builds during this next five years will be the "structure" he lives in for the rest of his life. Building a strong body for sports is easier if not loaded down with unnecessary weight but he may be too young to buy that now. He might buy creating a powerful body with healthy foods. A celebration may include lots of sweets, on occasion, but not as a building block food. Use spices. Make healthy food really tasty. Hope it works for both of you :)
Reply from Janis, Child's Age 12 - 07/18/17  - IP#:
Thanks for your interest, Gordon. A week and a half ago I noticed that Paul's foot didn't look right, so we took him back to the specialist. He needed to have the entire cast replaced. At first we thought that the leg was swollen but then the doctor realized that Paul had gained weight and the cast too tight. The doctor told us he thought Paul had put in 20 pounds or so during the 6 weeks since his injury. Imaging showed the breaks are healing, but Paul's leg was recasted and if all goes well, the new cast will be removed in 3 weeks. I am very frustrated because I'm the only person who feels that Paul should watch what he eats. Everyone else in the family feels sorry for him and constantly gives him food---pizza, ice cream, whatever he wants. Last week, 2 of his football coaches stopped by to see him and they brought him a big bag of food from McDonald's (without asking me in advance). I spoke with one of the coaches a few days later and shared my concern about Paul's weight gain, and he assured me that Paul doesn't have a problem, that he's tall for his age, and once he starts lifting weights all the fat will turn to muscle. I don't know about that. I've seen in he media about obese football players and their long-term health problems. My concern is with my 12-year-old son who has a problem with food which nobody but me recognizes. I'm at a loss about what to do. Any advice?
Reply from Gordon, Child's Age 22 - 07/16/17  - IP#:
How is Paul doing now? Recovered? Playing again? Weight controlled? Attitude? Hope all is well.
Reply from Bryan, Child's Age 17 - 06/09/17  - IP#:
So sorry to hear that! I wish that Paul has a speedy recovery (when you get a free moment check your email - I'll send some tips soon)). To be blunt he probably will gain weight during this period as there is no exercise but it will come off when he is right as rain.