From Felix, Child's Age 16 - 02/27/19 - IP#: 172.56.23.xxx  Click here to reply  
Hello Sarah,
I've been lurking on the site for the past few days and was about to write a post on the board about my situation when I saw yours! We are in the same boat, my son Jason is 16 as well and gained a ton of weight over the past year (the majority since the end of the previous academic year - June-ish), when he got a summer job. The summer job is at McDonalds and has continued into part time employment during the school term. Jason last saw the doctor in July of 2018 and he was around 180 (which was up a bit from the previous), at 5'9 and is hitting 220 last I am aware of.
He's always been on the huskier side but he's really gotten large this year. I'm not home so I can't see what he's eating on a daily basis (even though I have access to his bank account and often see purchases from fast food places on his account) but I see him every 2 or so weeks - my job is away from home - and he looks larger every time. He's been getting winded a lot recently and is refusing to work out. My wife has actually been on a health kick and is going to the gym near daily but he refuses to go with her.
Sarah, what does it take for David to get winded (stairs, general walking, etc.)? Have you noticed an increase in fast food consumption or portion sizes at home? When I've been home or Jason has come to visit me, he does eat more food then I've seen in the past - no fast food however because the nearest fast food chain/place is a good 10-15 minute drive away. Have noticed takeaways though.
Reply from Janis, Child's Age 14 - 02/28/19  - IP#: 72.235.193.xxx
Hello Felix and Sarah, My son Paul turns 14 tomorrow and reading about your sons is just like what I see with him. Paul is 5'11" tall and weighs 323 pounds. He has a huge appetite at meals and is always snacking. I've given up trying to get him to eat less. All I would get were arguments, sulks, and the "silent treatment". We have vegetables and fruit, which he likes, but he drowns the vegetables in ranch dressing and eats fruit in between cookies, chips, microwave burritos, etc. He goes to a boys' school and is manager for the wrestling team and he has lots of friends and I'm picking up that girls are interested in him. Having a positive relationship with him at this stage in his life is more important than his weight. When he's ready to do something about his eating and weight, he will. Sorry I can't be more positive, but with everything kids this age are exposed to, I'd rather have him feel he can come to me with a problem, rather than avoid talking with me about anything because he thinks all I'll do is harp on his weight.