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Trying to Help My Son With His Weight

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I've been trying to spend less money on groceries lately and while I'm great at matching up coupons (digital/electronic and paper) and sales and as a result getting cheap groceries, I'm trying to cut down on the amount of groceries I buy.

My son is in dire need of losing weight and he's working on it and I'm trying to help without being hurtful. He really wants to lose the weight but he is impatient and I tell him that he can't go cold turkey as he will lose interest or resent the drastic changes. He instead needs to take baby steps (yep, learned that on here) and make small changes that aren't so upsetting at once.

We definitely need more exercise as a family (including me) but I realize that food intake is the most important as that is what I focused on more than anything and it helped me to lose 50 plus pounds.

I think I need to buy some cheap items that he may like as an incentive to receive once he achieves a particular goal (say 5 pounds lost). I know I have to do a better job as well at not buying as much food as I do. I tend to stock up to save money but he sees it as a "free for all" vs. eating a little at a time over time.

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    That's a great suggestion. I thought of that site, but wasn't sure if he would keep up with it since he tends to be forgetful (he has a learning disability that affects memory). I'll have to see if he'll try it out though because you never know.
    1771 days ago
    Why not tell him about Sparkteens?

    e can learn and get support from his peers.
    1773 days ago
    Why not tell him about Sparkteens? He can learn and get support from his peers.
    1773 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/9/2013 8:35:03 PM
    good luck
    1773 days ago
    He's 15. He's asked for help so I haven't said anything about his weight unless he asks. He asked the new doctor we went to if he was overweight and she told him that he was. Wii Fit says he's obese. I've tried to bring more fruit/veggies in the house and encouraged that, but again I don't say anything about his weight.

    He is aware and bothered by it so I'm trying to help but trying to not be critical or too strict in my advice, etc.
    1774 days ago
    It is very hard to convince another person to lose weight or help them do it until they ask for help. It's painful when it's someone we love, but there it is.
    1774 days ago
    How old is your son?

    I would think making it a family goal to go out and do active things together would help, it would encourage activity and weight loss, and also could be a bonding time.

    1774 days ago
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