Message Replying To
From John's mom, Age 13
Ht. 5'2", Start: 132 lb, Today: 165 lb, Goal: 110 lb - Hello teens, My name is Jolene and I posted here in June asking for advice about my adopted son John. He's 13 and last June he was 61" tall and 132 pounds. His pediatrician at that time told his father and me that John was obese and to help him lose weight.Last Tuesday, we took John back for another physical(he just started 8th grade and he wants to play sports, so the district requires current physicals for all such students. John grew 1" taller and he gained 33 pounds over the summer. I know John has a huge appetite and knew he gained weight this summer because we had to buy all new school clothes for him because he couldn't even pull the nice pants he wore last June over his legs and hips, but I had no idea he had gained so much weight. Yesterday we went to a neighbor's house for a end of summer party. They have a pool, and so John was there in his boardshorts we bought in July but are now very tight. He's not self-conscious at all about his weight (the other chubby teen boys there all kept their tee shirts on, but John didn't).
John ate a ton of food, but that was OK because it was potluck so there was a lot of food. It doesn't bother me that he eats so much because I know he's still growing. He always tells me he's hungry and I know he loves to eat.
My husband tells me not to worry and that John will get teller and grow into his weight, but I am worried. If John keeps on gaining 11 pounds a month he'll be over 300 pounds next year.
John is such a nice boy I don't want him to think I'm criticizing him so I don't tell him not to eat so much.
BTW, my husband and I decided not to let John go out for football because of danger of concussions, but we told him he can wrestle, and try for basketball and baseball. He's OK with that.
Teens, please give me advice, PLEASE! How can I help my son get his weight under control when he doesn't seem to think he has a problem and my husband is no help.(My husband was very heavy as a youngster and teen and now at age 40 weighs well over 300).
THANKS FOR ANY ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE ME.