hey my 11 year old son wants 2 lose weight but not sure the safest way to do that.

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April - posted on 04/30/2010

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Last year, my 11 year old son was getting a little on the heavy side. The kids at school were starting to notice and he started having low self-esteem. To try to bring his sprits up and battle the problem at the same time, I started changing our menu. As a family we worked together to eat better. More veggies and low-fat yogart for snacks, more salads with supper, less soda to drink. We also started making time to be more active together. We started playing ball in the back yard a few times a week. Overall, the changes not only helped with his weight, but they made us a stronger family unit because we were all working together. We all lost some weight and had more family time! Best of luck to you and your son.

S. - posted on 04/27/2010

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my nephew was a "bigger boy" my sister to him to classes that taught him what food's to avoid and witch ones to eat basically it just helped to educated him without making food a issue. he started walking, and getting out more now he's 13 he's shot up and he's a tall slender and happy. we look at photo's off the way he was and it's shocking the diffference a few years have made.

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Della - posted on 05/21/2010

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I agree with Marcie. I have bowls of fruit around the house and no processed foods. My son wants to be a vegatarian. I said he could if he did the research to find out how to make the changes. I'll tell you how it goes. We're doing the talk this weekend?

Angel - posted on 05/21/2010

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My pediatrician has always said not to worry about them losing weight at that age, simply to maintain their weight so they grow into it. Aside from the exercise, it is important for the entire family to make the changes. First, do not bring snacks into the house. No soda, no chips, no candy, cake, etc. These items can be bought on occasion outside the home. Start teaching everyone to read the labels and measure out servings of each item. (It is funny to watch my kids count out goldfish, or weigh them on a scale). When kids are going to have a snack (like the goldfish), they need to be aware that they get one snack a day. Also, limit juice, is has just as many calories as soda. Limit servings at dinner to one plate full, and make sure you have the smaller plates, not the huge ones. Hope this helps a little :-)

Heather - posted on 05/19/2010

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I feel sorry for any kid that goes through this,my son is 12 and for the last couple of years he can't seem to shift his weight,it's all around his tummy.He does'nt eat much and does after school clubs so you wonder why they can't loose it.You then get the emotional side of it when there down with it you just need to make sure u're always there to help

Lori - posted on 05/18/2010

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It's common for boys and girls at this age to be conscience about their weight. Encourage them to eat healthy foods and exercise daily. Gold's Gym has just started a youth program for children up to age 12. They work with a personal trainer in groups. My kids are going to participate in this program over the summer. If your child is serious about weight loss the LAST thing you want is for your child to stop eating and form habits not of good conscience. Confidence, self image and self esteem become more and more of an issue as time goes on. My son struggles with his weight and he became EXTREMELY self conscience of his weight at an early age. It was a struggle to get him healthy and keep him healthy after age 8. He stopped eating all together. He went from a healthy 50 lbs to an unhealthy 20 lbs. It took a lot of talking, a lot of fighting and forcing and three hospitalizations and medications to get him healthy. We finally got it under control a year and a half ago. PLEASE, if your child comes to you regarding a weight issue~Take it extremely seriously~Their lives DEPEND on it. Best of luck to all

W - posted on 05/17/2010

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All of the above without over-focusing on his eating. My son struggles a bit too, I worry,(hard when he's bigger around than his skinny older/active brother), I suggest making good choices, say "it's ok if you are hungry", "if you get fries then skip the soda" things like that. I try to balance the suggestions with holding my tongue because I see him sneak...and that's what I do/have done. Feeling bad can make you sneak. Just tread carefully with kids.

Colleen - posted on 05/17/2010

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On top of all the activity and outside play it's also good for them to see the weight loss. I agree with everyone else with changing your menu and feeding him lots of fresh food. Kids need A LOT of encouragement too and compliments on how YOU notice the changes n how he's eating better and slimming down. My daughter is very active but had her chunky times but on rainy days n days it's too hot or whenever she just doesn't feel like going out she has Wii fit. it's a very interactive gaming system and it follows you through the weight loss journey. She loves it and boy does it DEF give you a work out!!! I also tell her your a kid you don't need to go on a diet you need to watch what you eat. It's all about encouragement, n that will help and build self esteem.

Kenitra - posted on 05/17/2010

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Perhaps if you know a seamstress, she can have a dress made in the style she likes in the size that she needs.

Christa - posted on 05/13/2010

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exercise and a healthy diet are the only ways to safely induce childhood weight loss. ask me, i have been through several doctors and psychiatrists and nutritionists alike. they all agree on that.

Marisa - posted on 05/10/2010

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My 11 year old is a little too chunky due to inactivity, plyaing on the computer too many hours. So I enrolled him in sports, and also enrolled him in a kids gym. There is a gym in our area called Fitzwise and Prodigy Athletes. Both are great. It wasn't easy getting him to commit at first to the exercise program but now he loves it and likes all of the new friends is he making and the pounds he is shedding is starting to show. Expensive, but worth the investment for good health for my kiddo.. best of luck.

Kenitra - posted on 05/10/2010

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If excercise is fun, he will want to do it. Get him involved in sports, make wise choices at the grocery store and read labels. Perhaps the whole family should join him in his pursuit of getting healthy. If your son is overweight, chances are there are others in the family who are too. Major diet changes should be made now, so your child can look forward to a healthier future.



Wrestling would be an excellent sport to get involved in. Any weight class is accepted, and needed on the team. All team members, regardless of their weight, are vital to their team. Wouldn't it be nice to feel needed? And the workout routine is tough, and my son, at age 11, was quite proud of his "6 pack of abs".



Getting chubby at that age could also be the start of a growth spurt. My son was always skinny, but the summer he got a "bit chubby", he sprouted up 4 inches!

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My son is 11, and though he's tall and broad-shouldered, he is also carrying a lot of 'baby fat' around his middle. He is very active, with swimming, soccer, walks to school, has a bike, all of that. His biggest trouble is portion control, and an addiction to pasta. We have switched to whole wheat and vegetable pastas, and cut down on the frequency of when we eat them. Also, we all have to eat our protein and veggies/salad before we eat our carbs, so we don't have so much of it. It is helping all of us. We got a kitchen scale, digital, so he weighs his cereal and his yogurt with cereal snacks.

Rebecca - posted on 05/01/2010

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yeah he plays alot of basketbll i always like to walk after meals most times.

Stacy - posted on 04/29/2010

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i so feel your pain my 12 year old son is the same way i thought only girls worried about weight but i guess not.

Shelley - posted on 04/28/2010

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Does he play out side alot? Can he ride a bike, rollerblade, scooter, play soccer even the playground can be a good activity, in your yard if u have room a trampoline is awsome kids love them.

Marcie - posted on 04/27/2010

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At that age, exercise is the best bet. Feed him more fresh food and less processed food. The best way to get your kids into shape is to be a good example as well. Get out there and exercise with them!

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