Need advice about 13 year old son

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Registered: 05-26-2004
Need advice about 13 year old son
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Fri, 06-18-2010 - 2:29pm

I have a 13 year old son who is ADHD, on meds for it and can be lazy as all get out. He does not have a fast metabolism and puts on weight easily. We entered his height (he's about 5'8") and his weight (173 after eating as such) in a BMI calculator and it told me that he is considered obese. He knows he needs to lose the weight, Hell I need to lose weight as well.

How can I go about (in a nice way) telling him about portions, good eating habits, fruits and veggies, water, etc. He sees his sister and younger brother eat just about anything and not put the weight on, but he eats the same stuff and the weight is put on.

HELP!!

Kelly

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Registered: 04-26-2005
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 2:57pm

I don't know what sort of relationship you have with your son, but if it's open, just go for it.

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Registered: 06-18-2010
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 4:38pm

My youngest brother has ADHD and he has struggled with his weight ever since he started on medications.

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Registered: 06-18-2010
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 4:41pm
Just wanted to add one other thing that I thought of after I posted.

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Registered: 04-13-2010
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 5:51pm

I have a bit of a different take on the situation. When my middle son was 11/12 he had to be put on some medications, and he gained weight.

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Registered: 05-20-2005
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 6:10pm

5'8" at 173 pounds is not obese, it is overweight.

Wedding
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Registered: 03-24-2005
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 10:46pm

Kelly, I can relate to what you're going through.

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Registered: 11-02-2004
Tue, 07-06-2010 - 10:08pm
Hi there.
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Registered: 06-29-2001
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 5:50pm

Hello Kelly,


While he is overweight, I don't think that weight is medically obese. Well, I shouldn't say that - it isn't considered obese for an adult but when it's a child that may be different.


I think that your first concern needs to be for his health, so it doesn't matter whether it's not "fair" that he cant eat what the siblings eat, he is an individual and he is overweight.

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