Teenager who only eats pizza

Sterling - posted on 11/15/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I always thought my son would "grow out of it" Well, he's 16 and he still hasn't. It's more concerning than ever. Weird thing is his blood counts are very good. He's 16 and 118 pounds, 5'9" tall.

He's a pencil in his clothes and he's very sweet about it, but embarrassed. WILL NOT try anything new. Hasn't in many years. I don't know what to do.

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Barbara - posted on 11/16/2012

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This does scare me because my oldest son will not eat other things as well. Pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches and occasionally chicken fingers. Hates veggies and fruits. He is now 8 and keep hoping by the time his is 16 he will develop better tasted buds but oh no I had to read your post!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/15/2012

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If you think about it, pizza covers most of the recommended food groups. You have protein, veggies, wheat, dairy.



Unfortunately, if you haven't gotten him to try any different foods in 16 years, its not going to be easy now. I started my kids out from a very early age trying things that were different. We did buffet dinners quite a bit, and we always encouraged our kids to try something new each time.



Now I have one kid that's fearless in the food arena. He'll eat anything from sushi to fried chicken. The other is a little more stubborn, but if I ask him to try it, he will. He doesn't necessarily like everything, but even he is amazed at how good something is (if he didn't want to try it in the first place).



One thing I noticed very early on is that if I am not on board for a different food experience, my kids wouldn't be. So, I've tried more new things than I would have without kids, but I've also broadened my culinary horizons as they've grown up. So, I'd suggest that you find someplace new to try as a family. Tell him he's going, and that you'd appreciate it if he'd try something different for once (for you). Don't make it about his food choices, but about having a culinary adventure as a family. Have everyone agree to try one new thing, and make it fun.

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