Hooked on Twinkies

"My grandson, Logan, is 4 years old. He weighs 72 pounds," says Carla. "His eating habits are very poor. I had cupcakes in my cabinet, and when I was in another room, Logan got the cupcakes and hid under my kitchen table. When I found him, he had a cupcake in each hand, and his little cheeks were all puffed out. At that moment I realized that Logan has a serious problem."  

Logan's mom, Jennifer, feels helpless to stop her son's overeating. "I see that he's overweight, but he's my baby. He's sweet, and he's smart. I don't want it to be an issue in his life," she says through tears. "It's a sensitive subject with me. I already know it. I don't want to hear it from my mother. He's my son."

"When I try to offer him vegetables, he'll turn up his nose and say, ‘I don't like it.' When I look at Logan in his underwear, I notice the size of his thighs, how large they are, and that concerns me," Carla says. "When I try to bring Logan's diet to Jennifer's attention, she gets angry. I don't think she's a bad mother; I just think she makes some poor choices when it comes to Logan's diet."

Carla admits that she bribes Logan with Twinkies to get him to eat healthy food. "If I try to remove food and he wants more, he gets angry and he'll have a tantrum. Logan is aware that he should not be eating a lot of the things that he eats because he's smart enough to hide when he does it," she says. "If he continues this diet, as he gets older, kids are going to make fun of him, in addition to his health. I'm concerned about the future of his weight."

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