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GODRULESALL
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5/26/08 12:56 A

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You it home with me i will pray for your children,My beautiful little boy isnt so little at 12 years of age he weighs 183, is 5,5 and a size 12 shoe, my baby as a gentic disoder called padre wille. It makes him always hungry or thristy.Now is Doctors want him to lose 50 lbs. Because of is padre wille he acts like a 5 year old tantrums and all. Hang in their parnets find out all you can as to why your children our over weight,

B. M. W. GOD RULES ALL! I will believe in my self as god belives in me. God grant me the sernity to change except the things i can not change. The coruage to change the things i can change. Please give me the wisdom to know the differnce. you do rule all. It is possible to give without LOVING,but it is impossible to love without GIVING!


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5/25/08 6:41 P

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I have a 6 year old daughter who's well over the 100 percentile in her weight, but only 86 percentile in height. The doctor said she needs to lose weight. I'm also dealing with getting her to make good choices for food and to get her more active. Fortunately, she enjoys activity and I can get her away from the TV pretty easily. She just eats a lot during meals! We usually don't have dessert. Now I'm giving her smaller portions so that even when she asks for seconds, she's getting less food.
Now that the weather is nice, we've been taking walks in the evening to get the whole family moving. Dealing with getting an overweight child making good food choices is a struggle.




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AMOMTO2JS
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5/24/08 11:31 A

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My 8 year old son also weighs over 80 pounds. He is tall though. He eats well at home, and I don't keep junk around. The school lunches and when we go out to restaurants are a couple of culprits. I get both my boys out walking outdoors daily and they play with the neighborhood kids running around. I hate to be a food nag so I step back and help him make the choices. I do want to see him drop a few pounds or at least not gain anything this summer.

- Dana

"I'm one stomach flu away from reaching my goal weight." - Devil Wears Prada


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NAT273
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4/27/08 12:05 P

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We are here to support you! I also worry about my four year old daughter. She is getting ready to be five in June but already weighs more than her 7 year old sister. We call her our little brick house. She eats constantly but usually healthy. I try not to make her seem really self-conscious about her weight but she does know she is a big girl. She sees me working out and sometimes tries to join in, I don' encourage or discourage, I let her do her own thing. She is very active in sports like soccer and basketball. She does dance and gymnastics. I am not sure what else to do.


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SAMMIE_GIRL
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4/21/08 3:11 P

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Shannon – Unfortunately, kiddo does have issues, which I am guessing is causing most of the over eating. He sees a play therapist and a physiatrist, neither of which seem to be able to help in this aspect. I am pretty sure I know what is causing the depression, which has been a very sore subject for him for a while. We actually do not own any video games, but I have started taking them to the gym with me at least once a weekend (try to get in a time or two during the week, as well) they have WII there, and both my boys LOVE playing with it!
When we go shopping, we actually read the labels together I want him to make the decision on what to get. I want him to know how to eat healthy when I am not there and I want him to me the decision as to what we bring into the house. I feel he feels the need to control something and food is the easiest thing he can control.

ANDIGQ – I love the trampoline idea, I actually use to have one, but if I put a trampoline up in my back yard my insurance goes up, plus, when kiddo #2 has a melt down he will be out there on it and trust me, that is not a good thing. I am hoping now that summer is arriving we will be out doors more often which will force kiddo #1 to be more active. He has shown interest in baseball and tennis (if he plays tennis with me he will be getting a lot of running in. I can never seem to keep the ball in the court!emoticon).

His jeans seem a little looser (maybe it is my wishful thinking!)


Pumbaa: Kid, at times like this, my buddy Timon here says, "You gotta put your behind in your past!"
Timon: No, no, no!
Pumbaa: I mean, uh …
Timon: Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself.
It's "you gotta put your past behind you". Look, kid, bad things happen, and you can't do anything about it, right?


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4/21/08 2:35 P

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First, get his pediatrician involved. Even young kids acknowledge that those in the medical profession are smart and know things, so maybe if the pediatrician explains to him how his eating is going to affect his overall health as an adult, he may be more willing to start changing his habits.

Also, he needs to be seen by a mental health professional. His hording food could be a sign of depression (and yes, even kids at that young age suffer from depression). You need to see a mental health professional to rule out any possible MENTAL problems he may have that affect his attitudes towards food.

Also, does he enjoy video games? Would it be possible to get something like Dance Dance Revolution and have him in competitions with people in the household? Don't even MENTION it as exercise, just buy it and say "HEY! Let's see who can get the most points!" If he can get into that for a while, he may lose a little bit of weight and be on a path to health.

Shannon

The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
~Benjamin Mays

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
~Napoleon

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Christopher, 12/03/1997
Micheal, 08/12/2000
Chaya, born sleeping 11/06/2008
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ANDIGQ
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4/17/08 2:47 P

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I can't even imagine. I worked in Mental Health and had clients with the same problems. Since your other child needs the food you bring into the home, I would wonder if exercise is the only thing you are going to be able to really control.
There are a lot of kids work-out videos now that really do keep kids engaged. Or maybe, if you have room for one, a trampoline or something he would enjoy without even knowing it's exercise. You can find the large trampolines on craigslist for pretty cheap. There are also karate classes offered through the YMCA or local Parks and Rec that he might like. Those do so much for self esteem and personal responsibility, it just might work for him.
Good luck with whatever you try.


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SAMMIE_GIRL
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4/15/08 9:52 A

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Thank you!
Kiddo is doing a good job joining me for walks. He is making better choices with his food but he is still sneaking food. I know this will be a slow process, but we are taking baby steps right now and I am happy with how he is doing. (I just need to keep him off the scale, he gets on more than I do emoticon)

Edited by: SAMMIE_GIRL at: 4/15/2008 (09:51)
Pumbaa: Kid, at times like this, my buddy Timon here says, "You gotta put your behind in your past!"
Timon: No, no, no!
Pumbaa: I mean, uh …
Timon: Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself.
It's "you gotta put your past behind you". Look, kid, bad things happen, and you can't do anything about it, right?


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KYSHAW
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4/15/08 2:04 A

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I just wanted to lend my support since I have a child the same age that I have concerns over. She's always had a muscular build, but definitely packs on the pounds easier than her siblings.

We also try to eat healthy, but I'm finding that she doesn't seem to have a concept on which foods are calorie dense and which aren't because they are all "healthy" foods so I'm thinking of doing some more educating on what calories mean. I really don't want her to become obsessed with her weight and calorie counting at a young age, but I'm still thinking about taking a few days where we do record down what she eats and discuss what might have been a better choice here and that type of thing so she realizes that significance and quantities that should be eaten for different types of food.

Hope you are able to come up with some solutions soon!

Linda










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JANAY5
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4/8/08 12:56 P

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I see you do races, get him involved in it.. I'm training for the 3day Breast Cancer walk and my kids walk with me. They take turns. Do you have to raise money for your events?? I have to raise $2,200 for my 3day walk any ideas??? thanks www.the3day.org Janay Ericksen..

I wish you the best of luck to your family..




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SAMMIE_GIRL
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4/8/08 9:20 A

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I wanted to thank all of you for your suggestions. I know he likes healthy food (for the most part). I think the hoarding food goes deeper then just being hungry, but that is currently being worked. Yesterday morning he was unable to do up his jeans, so I asked my mom if she could pick up a bigger pair when she was out yesterday, he went from size 9 to size 12 and the 12s are snug around his rump. I am hoping he will see all the training I do and get into racing (he is not much of a team player) luckily he is already talking about doing a 5K (I don’t care if he wants the whole thing, I would love to be there to cheer him on like he does for me all the time) they also have kids’ triathlons (he needs to work on his swimming, but I think he might enjoy that, as well).

Pumbaa: Kid, at times like this, my buddy Timon here says, "You gotta put your behind in your past!"
Timon: No, no, no!
Pumbaa: I mean, uh …
Timon: Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself.
It's "you gotta put your past behind you". Look, kid, bad things happen, and you can't do anything about it, right?


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4/8/08 7:10 A

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I can only imagine how much of a struggle this is for you and your family. I run a child care center form my home and we have come up with some pretty fun ways to keep our kids healthy and happy. Kids are going to be kids, and they are not necessarily willing to give healthy food a chance. Teach them about each food and let them try it. Make it fun to try new things. I do a once month taste test. Where we will focus on food all the same color or all that start with the same letter. For instance the letter "A" Avocado, Apple, Applsauce, Apricots, and Asian Pear. The kids like it and they get to mark down the things they like. Then that helps me plan my grocery shopping. It is kind of a trick to see what healthy foods they like, and know what they will eat. It is a challenge when you live with someone else and they like the things we all like but just in moderation. Maybe she could hide her snacks or even have her own shelf that the kids can't see or reach so they don't crave the things we want to avoid. I am not an expert, I hust want kids to be healthy. I have done wrong by myself for to long, I just want to do right by my kids. Exercising can be a fun journey too. We love working out in the yard. You could do a scavenger hunt with some of his favorite things. hide them and let him find them. Make clues so it is like a treasure hunt. Plant flwers or grow your own vegetable garden. Yoga is a great thinmg for children to explore. The beautiful thing about yoga is that you can start off with a basic pose and turn into something fun and interesting for children to do. I hope some of these ideas help.



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4/7/08 9:28 P

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I think you should talk to your doctor about this. His cravings for food sound like he is tring to get some nutrients he is lacking, or could it be a chemical thing?

Becky



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CINCYBOYS
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4/7/08 6:58 P

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I really do feel for you! All I can think of is to have mostly healthy choices available to him. Can you buy reduced fat cheese and lowfat yogurt drinks and baked crackers. At least that way if he is eating what you have to have on hand for your other son it is a little less caloric and/or fat filled.

I guess just to keep pushing the exercise, too. That will help and I don't know where you live, but with the weather getting warmer hopefully he will be able to spend more time outside playing and moving. Best of luck to you!

Jenny



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4/7/08 5:59 P

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Usually what my sister does is buys something on Sunday, puts it in a bag and brings it to work on Monday morning, so it isn't even in the house for 24 hours. Half the time the item/items come up missing. What my sister tries to do now is put it straight into her car (we take mine to do the shopping). My younger one needs to eat a lot (rapid cycle bipolar/OCD which inadvertently sky rockets his metabolism) so we have to keep yogurt drinks, cheese, crackers etc. readily available to hand over (when he starts to crash, he crashes hard and fast) unfortunately, the older one sneaks this food and he has the uncanny ability to food we didn’t even know we had anymore (luckily non-perishable). Or at Grandma and Papa’s he will sneak food home and eat it in bed.

Pumbaa: Kid, at times like this, my buddy Timon here says, "You gotta put your behind in your past!"
Timon: No, no, no!
Pumbaa: I mean, uh …
Timon: Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself.
It's "you gotta put your past behind you". Look, kid, bad things happen, and you can't do anything about it, right?


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CINCYBOYS
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Would your sister be willing to get on board and not buy any junk food? Or can you tell your son that certain foods are his Aunts and not for him to eat? I feel for you. My best friend has a son in the same boat. It is hard for her to limit what he eats, but a big part of it is that she buys it. She has 3 other kids without a weight issue, so she thinks it is not fair to them. But, I tell her she just needs to stop buying it and it all of a sudden is not an option for them. I know, easier said than done!

Edited by: CINCYBOYS at: 4/7/2008 (17:48)
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4/7/08 4:55 P

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I have two boys at home (both with psychological disorders). The older one hordes food and is packing on the pounds (8 y/o, 80+ lbs). My family is on the hefty side, my parents have diabetes, his father’s side has heart problems. My younger son is not a typical kid “fries or broccoli?” ‘BROCCOLI!’ “Chips?” ‘APPLESAUCE, PLEASE!’ The only thing with the younger one I have to keep an eye on is his protein intake (he isn’t a big meat eater, so I have to supplement his means with a protein drink).
The older one out eats me! I have been trying to get him to go out for a walk with me and he is winded before we even get off our street. I know the kids at school pick on him. I try to make sure certain foods are not purchased (I live with my sister and if she wants them, she can get them) I have been trying to teach him how to read labels, but I am worried he will get to obsessive about his weight (I have caught him on the scale numerous times a day).
We have set a goal for him to participate in the local Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving Day 5K) this year, I think he will be able to, but I don’t want him to hurt himself working up to it.

Suggestions?


Pumbaa: Kid, at times like this, my buddy Timon here says, "You gotta put your behind in your past!"
Timon: No, no, no!
Pumbaa: I mean, uh …
Timon: Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself.
It's "you gotta put your past behind you". Look, kid, bad things happen, and you can't do anything about it, right?


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