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Topic : 06/21 Little Boys, Big Weight Problems

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Created on : Friday, February 02, 2007, 03:08:27 pm
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(Original Air Date: 02/07/07) More than half a billion adults are overweight worldwide, but even more shocking is that millions of children are already on the road to obesity. Amy’s son, Harrison, is only 7 years old, but already weighs 152 pounds. She says her husband, Tim, has no problem with their son’s size. He feeds the boy cookies, chips and ice cream, and even sneaks sugary snacks into his room at night. Amy fears that they’re killing their son with food. Is Tim the only one to blame for Harrison’s weight problem? World-renowned pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears shares his thoughts. Then, Carla wrote to Dr. Phil because her 4-year-old grandson, Logan, is already 30 pounds overweight. She says he has terrible eating habits and even breaks into the cupboard to sneak junk food. Carla wants to help him but says she can’t discuss the problem with her daughter, Jennifer, without an argument. Can Carla and Jennifer stop fighting long enough to start Logan on the path to weight loss? Plus, when Josh was on the show four years ago, he was 4 years old, 155 pounds and could barely walk. Dr. Phil worried that the little boy wouldn’t live to see another year. Is Josh still in jeopardy? Talk about the show here.

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February 15, 2007, 1:21 pm CST

sorry....

Quote From: mustbecrazy

You're right on the mark...by the way, I love the kitty picture.
I didn't direct that post at anyone in particular, just a pet peeve of mine and i tend to breathe fire when i broach the subject.  BTW, like your kitty picture too! :)
 
February 15, 2007, 2:25 pm CST

And The Key Word Is

Quote From: gwarrior6

I think there are healthier options at Wendy's- you don't have to include fries with a combo, you can get fruit, chili, or a baked potato.  I think their salads are actually fresher.  The fries and the burgers are equally bad for you, but you don't have to go for that when you eat there.  Also, I heard that McDonald's puts sugar in their salads (an addictive substance) as well as their buns!  Yech! You still don't want to eat Wendy's at every meal, but I enjoy it as an occasional treat.

"Occasional"!! Problem is, way too many people have made it (or the first cousins, the "quick-casual" restaurants) a near-daily habit.

 

Anymore, I find I only eat the fast food (except Subway) when I'm traveling. If I'm home, even a frozen lasagna from the grocery store is cheaper for a family than heading to [fill in name of fast-food place here].

 

Hadn't heard that bit about McD's and the sugar. If true, double Yech!!

 
February 15, 2007, 3:11 pm CST

yep...

Quote From: bactphd95

"Occasional"!! Problem is, way too many people have made it (or the first cousins, the "quick-casual" restaurants) a near-daily habit.

 

Anymore, I find I only eat the fast food (except Subway) when I'm traveling. If I'm home, even a frozen lasagna from the grocery store is cheaper for a family than heading to [fill in name of fast-food place here.

 

Hadn't heard that bit about McD's and the sugar. If true, double Yech!!

The lowest sugar content in the salads they serve is the side salad (2g) and the Asian salad has 12 g.  The fruit and walnut salad contains at least 25g.  The Caesar salad contains 5 g.

 

http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller.nutrition.index1.html

 
February 15, 2007, 5:39 pm CST

peeves

Quote From: gwarrior6

I didn't direct that post at anyone in particular, just a pet peeve of mine and i tend to breathe fire when i broach the subject.  BTW, like your kitty picture too! :)

It is a peeve of mine too, that people don't care to learn to feed their kids healthy food.  If they learn to eat the healthy stuff when they are babies, that habit will stick with them for life.  My 8 year old ate a little of his Valentine's candy yesterday, and then he asked for some healthy food!!

 

The cat is one of many animals that I have painted on rocks...pet rocks...it is a hobby of mine.  Thanks for the compliment.

 
February 15, 2007, 8:04 pm CST

Its not always the food.

Quote From: dmhamilton

My son is 5 years old, and so far no one can figure out why he is so large. He was normal size at birth 7lbs 8oz, almost month early. In one month he almost doubled his weight, at 1 yr check up he was 35lbs. No junk food, no solids until 6 months just big eater. Now he is 90lbs at 5 year checkup. His brother is 42lbs and only 15 months younger, and eats the same foods. We have done every test imaginable, nothing so far. I must add he is also off charts on height as well. I am certain that some parents would much rather throw junk food at their children than actually cook, but it has became too easy to judge others when you have no idea what happens in their home.
I have a friend whose daughter is nearly a year older then my own. Her daughter is nearly twice the size of my little girl. I am not just talking weight but also height. This little girl does not eat a substantial amount of junk food and her father does well in stopping her from eating too much in a sitting. They are looking into a pituitary gland and running tests. Dr are not too concerned because she is at least height weight proportionate.... just off the charts for her age.  However these cases are rare, and the parents are visibly doing what they can to insure the health of their daughter, it would be very easy for them to allow her to eat as much as she wants and then her weight would be out of control. She has developmental disorders as well and I see her father working very hard to keep her active. I applaud them for their efforts but I do not see the same efforts being made with the children on the show. If there is a medical issue then Dr. Phil is right... that just means they need to monitor the food intake even more.
 
February 15, 2007, 8:34 pm CST

Are you serious???

Quote From: shelby11202006

i HATE the thought of a child not being able to play or do natrual things as every child should but instead they have to be limited becuase of their weight which no child should be limited.  i have a niece that is over wheight and only 4 she eats all the worst possible things and i can't say anything to my husband b.c it is a touchy subject, he sugest i am to much of a health freak b/c my mother was. i have a daughter and i know as a fact i would never allow her to eat more than 3 full meals a day and 1 snack and only healthy things.  the best way i can make her do that is if i buy  only the right food and explain to her like my mother explained to me, girls can't eat as much food as boys and have to watch there figures, when you feel satisfied with your meal STOP EATING DON'T INDULGE YOURSELF!!. i did have an eating disorder as a high-schooler b/c i believe when i got older the pressure to be thin took a little more than eating right, and playing sports. But i believe i can stop that chain with my daughter and teach her the right way, along with my very supportive husband. He is very sucure with his weight and very helpul at telling me i am beautiful for having a 2 month old baby. So i am ready to start her on the right track. The parents in my point of view are to blame b/c they have the money to buy the mal nutritional foods that there child can sneak/ eat. if i wanted to sneak food it would only be canalope or watermelon, no fatning foods were ever around. Also the parents should have more control over there child, if she/he cries for more food the answer is no and thats finale , i was told to chew ice. and i believe that response saved me a life of ridicule and depression. in the end i thank my mother for not allowing me to think with my stomach. I don't have an eating disorder now but i am very casiouse with what goes in my mouth but i do believe in letting go sometimes and having an icecream or a piece of cake its ok just not all the time, and i know it is a treat and not a habit.

“i have a daughter and i know as a fact i would never allow her to eat more than 3 full meals a day and 1 snack and only healthy things.  the best way i can make her do that is if i buy  only the right food and explain to her like my mother explained to me, girls can't eat as much food as boys and have to watch there figures, when you feel satisfied with your meal STOP EATING DON'T INDULGE YOURSELF!!. i did have an eating disorder as a high-schooler”

 

Are you kidding me??? Telling a child they have to watch their figure is an invitation to an eating disorder. I also have a daughter and I watch how much she eats and what types of things she eats. I never talk to her about weight or her figure. I just simply tell her that too much sugar is bad for everybody and that I want her to be healthy. Junk food is not completely removed from her life but I do not keep soda and sugary snacks and cereals in the house. When she asks for something at the grocery store I point out that it is not a healthy choice and we find something else that is.  It is said that several small meals or snacks a day is better for your metabolism. I am also concern that your parents did not consider the fact that the more athletic you are the more energy your body needs to maintain healthy levels of everything. This being why your stomach told you that you were sill hungry when your mother thought you should be full. My daughter is not allowed to eat all day long and certainly not allowed to over eat at dinner and she has cried many times wanting more when I have felt she has had enough, but never have I told her to go eat ice chips too fool her body into thinking it is full. Your attitude concerns me greatly.

 
February 15, 2007, 9:26 pm CST

02/07 Little Boys, Big Weight Problems

Quote From: saemae

I have three children; two girls and a toddler son.  My nine-year-old is teetering somewhere around 90 pounds and it is very obvious she is overweight.  However, my six-year-old is 36 pounds (which is considered underweight at her pediatrician's office) and my 26-month-old son is 23 pounds and has been for over six months.  I spend half the wellness visits my kids have convincing the doctors that the two smaller kids do eat and they eat like crazy and the nine-year-old eats only what she needs.  The toddler actually eats more than the nine-year-old sometimes and STILL can't gain weight!  The doctors are NO help; they tell me to feed the nine-year-old less and the other two more.  If I fed the nine-year-old less, she'd starve; they already have my poor child leaning towards anorexia because of the fuss they make about her weight in the office.  She doesn't eat breakfast and barely nibbles on her lunch, thanks to these stupid doctors.  I actually have to check her plate at night to make sure she ate!!  And changing doctors doesn't help; I've already tried and it went from bad to worse. 

 

What is going on here?  What can I do to change the situation for ALL my kids?  I don't want to take my kids to another stupid doctor who will just pigeonhole them into a stereotype!  I need answers; answers I can't seem to get from the professionals!  Do you guys have any ideas?  I'm really starting to worry about my nine-year-old, and now it has nothing to do with the fact that she's overweight, it has EVERYTHING to do with this new trend to NOT eat.  HELP!!!!!

Her not eating breakfast and only nibbling on her other meals is slowing down her metabalism. Her body goes in to starvation mode and so it stores everything she eats much like a bear does so that during hybernation the bear wont starve to death.  My suggestion to you is give her healthy snacks through out the day and keep her active. Start her morning off with a healthy sensible breakfast and make her eat it. I once heard a personal trainer/nutritionist say "It is like starting the fire in the morning. You put in a lot of wood and get it going big and strong, then through out the day you add just enough to keep it going until you are ready to settle into bed at night." I have heard it said many times five or six small healthy meals/snacks a day will keep the body on an even keel. Do not discuss weight with your daughter and do not allow her Dr to talk about her weight around her.  The worst thing is for her to hear all this negativity. Find more activities she is interested in... maybe dance or karate if you can afford it. The whole family can go for walks and bike rides. What ever happens do not single her out it will only add to her problems.

 
February 16, 2007, 6:47 am CST

specialists

Quote From: saemae

I have three children; two girls and a toddler son.  My nine-year-old is teetering somewhere around 90 pounds and it is very obvious she is overweight.  However, my six-year-old is 36 pounds (which is considered underweight at her pediatrician's office) and my 26-month-old son is 23 pounds and has been for over six months.  I spend half the wellness visits my kids have convincing the doctors that the two smaller kids do eat and they eat like crazy and the nine-year-old eats only what she needs.  The toddler actually eats more than the nine-year-old sometimes and STILL can't gain weight!  The doctors are NO help; they tell me to feed the nine-year-old less and the other two more.  If I fed the nine-year-old less, she'd starve; they already have my poor child leaning towards anorexia because of the fuss they make about her weight in the office.  She doesn't eat breakfast and barely nibbles on her lunch, thanks to these stupid doctors.  I actually have to check her plate at night to make sure she ate!!  And changing doctors doesn't help; I've already tried and it went from bad to worse. 

 

What is going on here?  What can I do to change the situation for ALL my kids?  I don't want to take my kids to another stupid doctor who will just pigeonhole them into a stereotype!  I need answers; answers I can't seem to get from the professionals!  Do you guys have any ideas?  I'm really starting to worry about my nine-year-old, and now it has nothing to do with the fact that she's overweight, it has EVERYTHING to do with this new trend to NOT eat.  HELP!!!!!

Have you taken your 9 year old to an Endocrinologist (a specialist that deals with glands and hormones).  She may be about to start puberty.  I was rotund until I started 7th grade, and then I thinned out as I grew into my weight.  Do you have an HMO-if so, you have to get a referral by a general pratitioner, and if you have a PPO or EPO, I think you can just call one and set up an appt, but just try to get a more specialized answer.  She may just need medication to correct a disorder.

 

There may be a hormonal reason that her appetite is diminished.  Make sure that she eats breakfast- that will help jump start her metabolism.  What kinds of foods does she eat?  She may have a tendency to store starches and sugars more readily than proteins and fiber.  Anyway, i hope this helps, but i really do think there's a medical reason why she's a little overwt.

 
February 16, 2007, 11:21 am CST

I'd like to add...

Quote From: saemae

I have three children; two girls and a toddler son.  My nine-year-old is teetering somewhere around 90 pounds and it is very obvious she is overweight.  However, my six-year-old is 36 pounds (which is considered underweight at her pediatrician's office) and my 26-month-old son is 23 pounds and has been for over six months.  I spend half the wellness visits my kids have convincing the doctors that the two smaller kids do eat and they eat like crazy and the nine-year-old eats only what she needs.  The toddler actually eats more than the nine-year-old sometimes and STILL can't gain weight!  The doctors are NO help; they tell me to feed the nine-year-old less and the other two more.  If I fed the nine-year-old less, she'd starve; they already have my poor child leaning towards anorexia because of the fuss they make about her weight in the office.  She doesn't eat breakfast and barely nibbles on her lunch, thanks to these stupid doctors.  I actually have to check her plate at night to make sure she ate!!  And changing doctors doesn't help; I've already tried and it went from bad to worse. 

 

What is going on here?  What can I do to change the situation for ALL my kids?  I don't want to take my kids to another stupid doctor who will just pigeonhole them into a stereotype!  I need answers; answers I can't seem to get from the professionals!  Do you guys have any ideas?  I'm really starting to worry about my nine-year-old, and now it has nothing to do with the fact that she's overweight, it has EVERYTHING to do with this new trend to NOT eat.  HELP!!!!!

With me, part of me being overweight was a hormonal thing.  It affects how I react to medication.  I can't take birth control pills because it makes me feel HORRIBLE- nauseated and hungry at the same time, makes me gain 10+ pounds and I get awful headaches and can't concentrate on work.  Watch for reactions to medications because some of them that effect hormones or mood really eat my lunch!

 

I think that she's about to go thru adolescence and her body is adjusting to it.  I weighed more than she does at 9 years old and I got REALLY skinny during adolescence.  Now that i'm in my 20's, it's evening out a little bit.  I think your daughter will be just fine!

 

 
February 16, 2007, 1:11 pm CST

ugh

Quote From: gwarrior6

The lowest sugar content in the salads they serve is the side salad (2g) and the Asian salad has 12 g.  The fruit and walnut salad contains at least 25g.  The Caesar salad contains 5 g.

 

http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller.nutrition.index1.html

As an aside, I like both mustbecrazy's and your kitties. I probably should put a photo of one of ours in my profile.

 

Just looked up the nutrition facts. Granted, I'd expect a fruit salad to have sugars (I believe they have to report the naturally occurring sugars as well as any that would be added), but what in tarnation would be in an Asian salad to give it 12 g, or even a Caesar to get 5 g, unless the dressings are loaded up? Hmmm...I may have answered my own question.

 

Since we're on the subject of culinary weaknesses, what about coffee bar coffee? Not the regular stuff, but the double mocha latte with extra whipped cream...Yes, I skip the whipped cream and order "skinny" if I think of it, but still...that assumes I think of it! :-)

 
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